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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/28/20)

Don’t get eliminated!

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Who will still be in the title hunt after tonight?

AEW is building up speed towards Full Gear with the eliminator tournament semifinals, the TNT Championship and even the NWA Women’s world title!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Hangman Page VS Wardlow; Hangman wins and advances to the finals at Full Gear.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Matt Sydal; Kingston wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship Lumberjack Match: Cody Rhodes VS Orange Cassidy; Cody wins, retains the title, and will face Darby Allin at Full Gear.
  • NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Leyla Hirsch; Deeb wins and retains the title.
  • Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS VSK; Spears wins.
  • AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Kenny Omega VS Penta El Zero M; Omega wins and advances to the finals at Full Gear.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dasha interviews Wardlow and MJF.

She points out that if Wardlow wins the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, he could possibly become THE AEW World Champion, and asks how he feels about that. MJF stops things right there to set something straight. He is so proud of Wardlow and all he will accomplish after defeating one of the great stars in AEW in Hangman Page. BUT, if Wardlow wins and beats the champion, MJF becomes champion because Wardlow is under contract to MJF. That means anything Wardlow owns, MJF owns. Right, Wardlow? Yep… But then Sammy Guevara comes by and says, “Wow. What a nice way to talk to people, Max.” MJF says “Hey, little buddy! What’re you doing here? Nice jacket!”

Oh cut the crap, MJF! Screw your jacket! Sammy is not MJF’s friend or buddy, and tonight, Sammy makes sure MJF NEVER joins the Inner Circle. MJF has Wardlow stand down and tells him to prepare for his match. MJF asks the “little guy” where all this hostility is coming from. They were pals! MJF was going to give Sammy advice. That attack Sammy had on Matt Hardy last week, very nice. But MJF has a note for his promos: Don’t. Aw what’s the matter? “The guy who looks like he sells Adderall to middle schoolers is upset?” Oh no…! What’s he going to do about it? Is he deaf? NO. He’s thinking about all the things Sammy will do about it. MJF backs off to accompany Wardlow to the ring. Will MJF and Sammy revisit this issue later on?

AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Hangman Page VS Wardlow!

The Cowboy had quite the match with Colt Cabana last week but made it through to the second round! However, Wardlow didn’t just open the opening round with Jungle Boy Jack Perry, Wardlow opened a can of whoop-ass on the young fan favorite! Will Wardlow do the same to make sure MJF gets closer to #PrettyPlatinum? Or are we about to see some serious cowboy “stuff?”

The bell rings and Hangman SHOTGUNS Wardlow to a corner! And fires off forearms! Wardlow pushes Hangman away, Hangman comes back with more but Wardlow shoves him again. Wardlow DECKS Hangman, then brings him up to RAM him in the corner! And uppercut! And RAM! Wardlow whips Hangman to ropes, Hangman holds ropes and boots Wardlow back! Wardlow fireman’s carries, Hangman sunset flips but Wardlow drags him up and throws him to a corner! Wardlow runs in to corner clothesline! Fans boo as Wardlow looms over Hangman. Wardlow stomps Hangman, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but Hangman dodges! Wardlow hits buckles, Hangman dumps him out to the apron. Hangman runs, TRIANGLE LARIAT!

Fans fire up as Hangman PLANCHAS, but into Wardlow’s arms! Wardlow pops Hangman up, Hangman slips off to POST Wardlow! Fans fire up, Wardlow runs in to SPEAR Hangman into barriers! Hangman is down, Wardlow is roaring and fans are losing their minds for “A E DUB!” Wardlow goes back to the ring, Hangman writhes and the ring count begins. Fans rally, Hangman is up at the count of 6, and Hangman makes it to ringside at 8. Hangman is up at 9 and in at 9.99! Wardlow is after him again to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Hangman survives but Wardlow rains down rights! Wardlow lets off as the ref counts, and he stomps Hangman to ropes. Wardlow stomps Hangman, brings him up and goes to suplex, but Hangman resists. Wardlow throws body shots but Hangman hits back. Wardlow still suplex TOSSES Hangman!!

Fans rally for Hangman but Wardlow taunts him. Wardlow stomps Hangman to ropes, Hangman CHOPS back! Wardlow CLUBS Hangman, RAMS him in the corner, then brings him out to gut wrench POWEROMB! Cover, TWO!! Hangman is still in this and Wardlow is annoyed. Wardlow stalks Hangman to a corner, toys with him, then hoists him up top. Wardlow brings Hangman out, says thumbs down, but Hangman drags him into the HANGING ARMBAR! Hangman holds until 4, Wardlow staggers away as he clutches the arm, but Hangman gets up. Wardlow knees Hangman, drags Hangman up and suplex TOSSES him in! Fans are thunderous both ways as Wardlow goes to a corner! Wardlow goes up top!? WARDLOW SWANTONS, but flops as Hangman moves! Both men are down and fans are fired up!

Hangman snarls as he sits up. He and Wardlow rise, Hangman LARIATS, but Wardlow stays up! Hangman tries again, Wardlow LARIATS back! Wardlow runs, Hangman double ax handles the clothesline away to rolling elbow! Wardlow staggers but comes back to BOOT! And GERMAN, but Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman runs and clotheslines BOTH of them out of the ring! Fans rally up, Hangman goes to a corner and climbs, for a SUPER MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Wardlow! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” and Hangman puts Wardlow in the ring. Hangman grits his teeth as he gets to a corner. Standing shooting star! Cover, ONE?! Hangman doesn’t worry about that, he goes out and slingshots in, but Wardlow gets around to LARIAT Hangman! Cover, TWO!! Hangman still lives and Wardlow can’t believe it!

Wardlow drags Hangman up, fireman’s carries, “ALL DAY LONG!” F 10!! But Hangman flops out of the ring and to safety! Wardlow lets his hair down as he watches Hangman flounder outside. Wardlow goes to the apron, drags Hangman back up and back to a corner. Wardlow goes up from one side, drags Hangman up to join him, fans rally and duel as Wardlow fireman’s carries! Hangman fights back, gets the arm, and throws elbows in! Wardlow hits back, choke grips, but Hangman fights back! Hangman has Wardlow in position, SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! Fans are thunderous again as Hangman goes back to the apron! Hangman aims at Wardlow, throws off the elbow pads, and slingshot for the BUCK SHOT! But Wardlow stays up! Hangman reloads, BUCK SHOT AGAIN!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (advances to the finals at Full Gear)

The Cowboy has done it! He is a finalist for the tournament and is going to Full Gear! Assuming there is a winner in the other match, will it be Penta El Zero M or Kenny Omega meeting Hangman in the end?

 

AEW hears from Jon Moxley.

“All year, I have defended the AEW World Championship with everything I have, to grow and cultivate and foster this championship, to make it the number one prize in this sport.” Up until now, it’s been all business. But Full Gear, it isn’t about the #1, 2, 3 contender. This time, it’s personal. Moxley won’t be defending the AEW World Championship. He will be weaponizing it. “Miserable, excuse making, son of a b*tch. No, there’s no room for this Eddie Kingston in AEW. AEW is for the greatest athletes in the world, who do the work! Who put their asses on the line, who have guts.” When Kingston looks around, there will be no one else to blame when he says the words, “I Quit.” He will be alone with his ego, and the painful realization that Moxley did to him what he’s done to everyone else with a big mouth: crushed their mouths, their windpipes, their skulls and their egos. “Protect ya neck, Eddie.”

 

Eddie Kingston VS Matt Sydal!

The champion has spoken, but the challenger will let his actions do the talking. With the Butcher, the Blade and the Bunny by his side, the Mad King looks to give Sydal’s third eye a shiner. Will Sydal be grounded as Kingston heads for Full Gear?

AEW returns as Kingston grabs a mic. “How dare the world champion not be here.” Kingston is sick and tired of talking, he wants to fight! But the world champion decides to go stay home. Cameraman, get out. Who cares if they tell you to get in, stay out of his world. Kingston doesn’t like Moxley at home. But since Moxley’s a coward, Kingston said it, he will take out the man who tried to steal Kingston’s thunder being the Joker in the Casino Battle Royal. Yes, it’s Matt Sydal. But Kingston was never actually eliminated. Hi, Lance. But bring out the Joker, and hopefully Moxley is watching. Sydal makes his entrance, and Joker VS King begins!

Kingston and Sydal circle, tie up, but then Kingston backs off to tell the ref to watch Sydal. Kingston comes back, tie sup with Sydal, Kingston waistlocks but Sydal switches. Kingston wrenches the arm, hammerlocks, but Sydal switches back. Kingston gets the arm again, then headlocks, but Sydal spins out to high wristlock. Kingston throws Sydal down hard, and the two reset. Sydal has the fans on his side but Kingston puts his dukes up. They tie up, Kingston powers Sydal to a corner, but he lets off at the ref’s count, only for Sydal to duck the chop. Sydal CHOPS back, then follows Kingston as he goes to another corner. Kingston wants Sydal to back off, Sydal stays where he is. They tie up again, Kingston headlocks but Sydal powers out. Sydal arm-drags Kingston around, flips Kingston around and gets the armlock!

Kingston endures, clasps hands to avoid a Fujiwara, and powers up to elbow Sydal on the back! Kingston is free, but Sydal gets around for a takedown to a cover, TWO! Sydal hits the rolling sobat! Kingston is in a corner, Sydal basement dropkicks in! Cover, TWO! Sydal keeps his cool as he goes after arms. Kingston endures, fights up, wrenches and throws back elbows. Sydal KICKS the leg, then KICKS it again! Sydal leaps but his sobat is caught for a SLAM! Kingston drops an elbow and Bunny Allie is rabid at ringside! Fans chant “Kingston Sucks!” as Kingston stalks Sydal to ropes. Kingston chokes Sydal as AEW goes picture in picture.

The ref counts, Kingston lets off and he CHOPS Sydal in a corner. Kingston chokes Sydal more, the ref counts and Kingston lets off again. Kingston drags Sydal up, punches him to a corner, then stomps Sydal at the ropes. Kingston stomps Sydal into a corner, drags him back up and snapmares him for a BOOT! Kingston kicks at Sydal, drags him back up, but Sydal throws body shots and kicks! Sydal runs, but Kingston runs him over with an elbow! Kingston stomps Sydal while Allie is fired up again. Kingston brings Sydal up, chinlocks tight, then shifts to a seated abdominal stretch. Sydal endures, fights up, fights back with body shots and kicks, then runs to sunset flip! TWO!! Kingston CLOBBERS Sydal!

Sydal writhes while Kingston rests in a corner. Kingston shakes out the legs before going over to stomp Sydal. Sydal sits up to egg Kingston on but Kingston CHOPS him! Kingston runs but Sydal dodges the boot to sweep the leg! STANDING TORNILLO! Sydal gets up and AEW returns to single picture. Fans rally for Sydal but Kingston’s family cheers him on. Kingston throws forearms and CHOPS, but Sydal will not fall! Sydal KNEES back! And ROUNDHOUSES! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Kingston and Sydal rise. Kingston is in one corner, Sydal runs in but Kingston elbows him away. Kingston hops up, Sydal comes back to throw haymakers! Sydal climbs up, Kingston shoves him back down, but Sydal NO HANDS RANAS! Sydal goes up, FLYING METEORA! Cover, TWO!!

Fans keep rallying as Sydal rises. Sydal runs, Kingston tries to knee but Sydal school boys, TWO! GHOST PIN, TWO!! Kingston swings, Sydal runs, kitchen sink knee hits! URAKEN!! The back hand takes Sydal down but Kingston isn’t done! Kingston brings down the straps, shouts “MOXLEY!” and he puts Sydal in the BULLY CHOKE! Sydal taps, Kingston wins!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission

But Kingston won’t let go!! He wants to torture Sydal on behalf of Moxley! The Butcher, Blade and Bunny get in and they have a mic. “Say it, Moxley!” Sydal says “I QUIT!” and Kingston lets him go. Kingston apologizes to Moxley through his proxy, but will he have no regrets when he and THE AEW World Champion fight without restraint?

 

Excalibur interviews FTR and the Young Bucks.

Excalibur is live with Matt and Nick Jackson while Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood and their manager, Tully Blanchard, are via video chat. These two teams face off for the AEW World Tag Team Championships at Full Gear, but of course the question must be asked. How is Matt’s ankle? The doc says it’s a severe sprain and tubular contusion, but Matt insists it’s fine. Nick wants Matt to be a bit more honest but Matt says “This match has been brewing for years now.” You think this little injury will keep him out of the match? Nick says Matt can’t even play with the kids at home. Matt says Nick can carry him to the ring, because Matt’s not missing Full Gear.

But Excalibur says Matt just said it, and that leads to the next question: Why would FTR jeopardize this match-up happening, the one fans have always wanted, by doing something like this? Dax defends he and Cash aren’t afraid of backlash. This match IS a dream match, but that’s not what FTR cares about. FTR cares about being AEW World Tag Team Champions. On November 7th, at Full Gear, whoever walks out THE AEW World Tag Team Champions have cemented their legacies as THE best tag team in wrestling. Excalibur notes how he’s known the Bucks for years, but FTR interrupts by saying that’s the only reason Excalibur has a job here.

Excalibur continues with his question to say that the Bucks’ recent behavior, in the eyes of some in the locker room, was karma. Matt and Nick like to think themselves as “regular good people,” and sometimes even good people do bad things. Do they regret doing the things they’ve done? How they’ve been “out of character” recently. Matt isn’t proud of what they’ve done, he can’t say he regrets it. For the last year, they’ve been suffering, and realized there’s something missing. A spark, an edge, something they couldn’t quite place. And in the moment, “these pricks right here started screwing with our livelihood, and manipulating our friends!” It was just boom, something changed for the Bucks, and that killer instinct returned. The old Bucks are back. Will this be the cause of their own undoing? Maybe. Matt isn’t sure he even likes the way he feels, and that’s the same for Nick, but FTR better be ready.

Excalibur asks Nick how he really feels about that, but FTR interrupts again. Enough about the Bucks, talk more to them, the champions. But they get it, Excalibur doesn’t need them for this interview, right? They don’t deserve FTR, so see you at Full Gear. Well Excalibur wanted to ask Nick about how there’s more to lose than just the championships. Yes, the stipulation Matt just thought off, Nick can’t decide if he’s for or against it. Matt, go ahead and tell the world. Two self-made brothers, “two poor kids from southern California,” nothing was ever handed to them. They built their own ring and taught themselves how to wrestle. That was their college education. Every success was because they bet on themselves. Excalibur was there for that, so he knows. Their backs were against the walls and they always found away.

So that’s why, at Full Gear, it’s all on the line! If the Bucks do NOT win the AEW World Tag Team Championships this time, they will NEVER challenge for those titles again! Wow… Really?! Well then, this dream match has even higher stakes than before. Will the Bucks finally be on top of the world? Or will they never have the top tag prize in AEW?

 

It’s time for the AEW Town Hall Meeting!

Tony Schiavone and Dasha Gonzales welcome us to this special moment, as The Inner Circle will discuss whether MJF will join them or not. Firstly, Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle make their entrance. And after the fans finish singing Judas, MJF makes his entrance. Jericho and MJF take their seats and the first question is from Luchasaurus. “My question is for MJF. As a representative of dinosaurs, and as a medieval historian, I understand the power of economics in creating change over time within societies.” Consider then, MJF not having a Master’s Degree like Luchasaurus. How can MJF contribute to the earning potential and financial prosperity of The Inner Circle? Wow, give it up for Luchasaurus! Great question, dinosaur! But luckily for everyone at home, MJF has his answer.

On screen is a graph showing the Inner Circle’s earnings over the last year, “pre-MJF.” Very erratic. But then the projected earnings, “post-MJF,” is a straight arrow to the top. MJF has all the top financial advisors help him with this. “Sky’s the limit, baby.” Fans boo but MJF says it’s simple math! The next question comes from Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, as well as Reba/Rebel. Rebel is a bit star struck seeing Jericho, he has a great smile. And he’s so handsome! Britt tells Reba to stop. Britt says she loves MJF, he’s great, but you don’t have to be a dentist like Britt to see that he has a TERRIBLE track record with friends in AEW. How does that make Le Champion feel? Jericho says she has a valid point, and is very aware of MJF’s past. But Jericho isn’t “a dips*it like Cody,” so they’re not letting MJF into the Inner Circle’s inner circle. MJF knows nothing about their strategies, plans or secrets that they have. Besides, if MJF tries to turn on them, they’ll knock his friggin’ teeth down his throat.

MJF wants everyone to calm down! This is exciting and all, but c’mon. He’d never turn on any of them. They’re all in this great profession for the same reason, right? Money, and championships. MJF promises all of them together as one will get them a whole lot of green, and a whole lot of gold. You know he’s right. Jericho and the Inner Circle settle down as Peter Avalon is next to ask a question. “Okay, look. I’m just gonna shot my shot. Can I join the Inner Circle?” Whoa! Bold move. The Inner Circle discusses it, then laughs! MJF laughs, too. There is NO chance, Avalon. Next up is “Mr. Eric B.” BISCHOFF?! He’s back again?!

Eric thanks Schiavone for the intro, and thanks Jericho, “esteemed members of the Inner Circle,” and “Mr. Friedman” for letting him have this time. “I have a three-pronged question, if you will.” First: January 20th, 1961, President JFK’s inaugural address famously stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Therefore, he asks MJF, what can HE do for the Inner Circle? MJF says that Eric gave a great question. He can only give him this one word answer: “Friendship.” Fans boo again and MJF can’t believe they’re upset by that. Eric then conversely asks, “Given that most would consider you to be nearly a complete package as a wrestler, what is it that you believe the Inner Circle can do for you?”

MJF corrects Eric there, he isn’t nearly a complete package. He IS a complete package. But great second part. Guys, stop booing, he’s talking. While MJF is a total package, he accepts one dent in the armor: he isn’t the best team player. But MJF firmly believes that once he joins these great men, he can be. And finally, Eric asks MJF that, as Eric has worked with Jericho for many years in the past, and most would agree that Jericho is a “prima donna”- WHAT?! Jericho says he never liked Eric! Schiavone stops Jericho there and says Mr. Bischoff still has the floor. But he insulted Jericho! Jericho, SHUT UP! Eric thanks Schiavone for that. And to finish his third question, given MJF has the same “prima donna” characteristics-

Whoa, whoa, whoa! MJF is upset now. Please, let Eric finish. Eric asks “What is the guarantee that, if you do join the Inner Circle, you two just don’t end up killing each other?” MJF says this is preposterous! The entire time, he’s been booed, thrown arrows at him like he’s Frankenstein’s Monster or something! He’s a good man! He came out here as a sign of respect and took a leap of faith! Jericho wants MJF to calm down. Answer the question: How are they supposed to know MJF won’t stab them in the back? Jericho, you can’t be serious. How about Jericho answer a question? Week after week, MJF has made it clear he checks every box! He has done everything for Jericho! Presents, great television content, and friendship! And to top it off, last week, MJF gave Jericho the best segment of his CAREER, and the world the best segment in the HISTORY of pro-wrestling!! So MJF asks “Christopher,” what hasn’t MJF done?

“You haven’t beat me.” But Jericho will give MJF that chance. At Full Gear, Jericho VS MJF, 1v1! And if MJF wins, if he wins, MJF is in the Inner Circle. Wow, okay. MJF tells Jericho this is the biggest opportunity of his life so he won’t take it for granted. He tells Jericho now, man to man, “I will do whatever it takes to win. I will do anything to win.” Jericho expects nothing less. No, MJF wants Jericho to understand. He means anything. Ortiz says, “SHUT UP! All you do you is run your mouth! There is no conversation needed!” Sammy doesn’t want you in. Ortiz doesn’t want you in. Santana is undecided, and Jake Hager is too busy getting ready for a fight. But don’t believe for one second that just because Jericho is entertaining the idea, that MJF has a shot of getting in with them! Because next week, Sammy and Ortiz take on MJF and Wardlow! And best believe that MJF isn’t even making it to Full Gear.

MJF is going to have to take the long route to joining this powerful faction! Will he and Wardlow make it through the Spanish God and the Boricua pitbull to then have a Full Gear dream match?

 

Team Taz speaks.

So Will Hobbs wrestles on Dark, wins his match. Some people wondering, ‘Why would you keep going after Hobbs if he hasn’t given you an answer yet?'” Taz says it’s simple: Team Taz is about victories, championships, and money. Hobbs is legit, from being athletic and fast as hell to being big as hell and mean as hell, too. That fits into their world. Hobbs stood up to Cage and Starks as they went after Darby Allin, but there’s still time. Hobbs needs to decide. Cage wants to know, “What’s the deal, huh?!” Is Hobbs in, or is he out? He got involved in their business, but will he change course and be part of the team? Or was Dark answer enough?

 

AEW TNT Championship Lumberjack Match: Cody Rhodes VS Orange Cassidy!

Last time, the American Nightmare and Freshly Squeezed went to a time limit draw! Of course, you could credit The Dark Order minions for part of that, as they did their best to interfere and mess with both competitors. Now things will be very different, as Best Friends, Jurassic Express and a few others will be there to keep The Dark Order in line. Will Cody and Cassidy have a real result before the time runs out? And if so, who meets Darby Allin at Full Gear to do it all over again?

AEW returns as the lumberjacks are at ringside. Cody makes his entrance with all the same fanfare, but also with the Nightmare Family’s QT Marshall, Dustin Rhodes and Arn Anderson! They join the lumberjacks as introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this red hot rematch begins!

Cody and Cassidy stare down, try to fake the other out, but then Cassidy dodges, tries the Orange Punch already but Cody gets around to dragon sleeper! Cassidy slips out to Mouse Trap but Cody gets out of that, too! The two stand off as fans and lumberjacks fire up! Cody and Cassidy circle, feel the grapple out, but Cassidy raises his hands. Cody grimaces, but this is a fake out, too! Cassidy gets around, waistlocks, headlocks and takeovers! Cody endures the grind, rolls to a cover, ONE! They get up, Cassidy wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits another takeover. Cody gets up, powers up but Cassidy holds on to hit a third takeover! Fans are fired up as Cody gets to his feet. Cody pries out of the headlock, wrenches to a wristlock, and puts Cassidy in a corner. Cody wrenches, whips and WRINGS Cassidy into the buckles!

Cody keeps the Dark Order and others from Cassidy to then whip again. Cassidy reverses and redirects Cody into the corner, Cody has to kick at Evil Uno to keep him away. Cassidy backslides in the distraction, TWO! Cody punches low and slows Cassidy- Well, brings him back to normal pace actually. Cody wrenches the arm, reels Cassidy in and suplexes. He holds Cassidy up for a count of 10 before the gourd buster! Cody shows off by doing some push-ups! Arn tells Cody to stay serious and Cody covers, ONE! Cody keeps his cool, drags Cassidy up and throws elbows into Cassidy’s back. Cody yanks the arm, wrenches and reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy suplexes Cody up and stalls for about 8 before the slam! Fans are fired up as Cody bails out.

Cassidy takes a moment to make sure his knee is alright, but the lumberjacks are about to meet. Hobbs and the Gunn Club make sure The Numbers stay back. Cassidy goes out, Cody gets in, but now the Best Friends step up! Chuck Taylor shoves Alan “Number 5” Angels away so that he, Trent and Cassidy have room to HUG! Cassidy gets back on the apron, shoulders into Cody, then steps in, but into a DRAGON SCREW! Cody took advantage of Cassidy’s slow pace, and then he throws a forearm! Best Friends catch Cassidy, prop him back up, and Cassidy shoulders in! Cassidy slingshots up and over, ducks under and drops down, Cody misses and falls out of the ring! The lumberjacks are crowding each other again, Cody gets up but Cassidy forearms him!

Cody wobbles and holds on to ropes but Cassidy slaps his hands away. Best Friends catch Cody, as lumberjacks are allowed to do, but then they DROP him! Oops? Dustin helps Cody, Cody shoves Chuck but Dustin keeps him focused. Cody gets in, Cassidy BOOTS Cody to ropes! Cassidy kips up but his knee jams and the ref checks on him. Trent sucker punches Cody in the distraction! Dustin is upset, but Cassidy climbs up and leaps, CROSSBODY! He bounces off, comes back and tilt-o-whirls, but Cody drops him to FIGURE- NO! Cassidy boots Cody off the leg lock and Cody tumbles out into the Dark Order! They go after him, Cody gets in the ring, Cassidy tilt-o-whirls to DDT this time! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and everyone is fired up!

Cassidy goes to a corner as fans and lumberjacks rally. Cassidy calls for the 450 but just does a regular splash, onto knees! Cody gets up and clotheslines Cassidy and himself out! The Best Friends have Cody, the Natural Nightmares have Cassidy, but they call truce and help both guys in as AEW goes picture in picture.

Fans cheer the sportsmanship as Cody and Cassidy slowly rise. Cody trips Cassidy and gets a leg. Cassidy fights but Cody slams the leg on the mat! Cassidy crawls then hobbles up but Cody is after the leg! Cody hip tosses Cassidy across the way! Then brings him around to bump off buckles and whip to ropes. Cody elbows Cassidy down, covers, TWO! Cody grows frustrated, but fans rally up, as do the lumberjacks. Cody drags Cassidy around by his leg, cranks on a heel hook and turns Cassidy for a HALF CRAB! Cassidy endures, crawls, but Cody shifts to make it a deathlock. Cody reaches for Cassidy’s face but Cassidy gets the ropebreak before any STF can be put on! Cody lets go at the ref’s count, and Cody goes up the ropes. Cassidy stands but Cody drop shim with ax handles! Cover, TWO!

Cody keeps his cool as he puts Cassidy in a rear bearhug. Cassidy powers to his feet and pries free to throw elbows! Cody whips Cassidy, Cassidy holds ropes and dumps Cody out! The Dark Order is all over Cody again! The other lumberjacks hurry over, and even Cassidy goes out to fight them off! Cody gets into the ring, Cassidy back drops John Silver onto the other numbers! But The Hybrid2, Jack Evans and Angelico, attack Cassidy now! AEW returns to single picture as fans boo and the ref reprimands. Best Friends and Gunn Club chase them off, with Jurassic Express not too far behind. They’re all brawling near the stage, Cassidy climbs a corner and Cody goes to the apron. Cody throws hands on Cassidy, climbs up to join him, and the cluster is close enough for the SUPERPLEX to fall on them all!! Cody and Cassidy just bowled a strike, and “This is Awesome!”

Dustin helps Cody get up, Cody fetches Cassidy and puts him in to cover, TWO!! Cassidy still lives with just 10 minutes left! Cody fires himself up and fans rally with him. Cody runs, springboards, NIGHTMARE CUTTER! Cassidy flounders, Cody stalks him again, cover, TWO! Cody brings Cassidy up but Cassidy “fires off” haymakers. Cody blocks one, reel shim in, but Cassidy dodges to SUPERKICK! Cody LARIATS right back! Cody gets up, drags Cassidy up and suplexes, but into STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy goes up, FLYING DDT!! Cassidy isn’t done yet, he drags Cody up to Alabama, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!?! Cody survives but Cassidy isn’t done yet! Cassidy fires up, Cody rises, but Angels gets in! The ref is busy with him, Silver BOOTS Cassidy down!! And there’s more brawling with Dark Order and the rest!

Cassidy gets to ropes, Arn SUCKER PUNCHES him!! That was for earlier with Trent! Cody throws Silver out and grabs Cassidy, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

But now all hell breaks loose as the lumberjacks brawl in the ring! Cody retains his title, though through various nefarious means at the end, he’s headed to Full Gear! Will Darby at least get a fair match? As for the brawling, It’s hard to tell who isn’t in there! Things start to spill out of the ring, but Billy Gunn tops it all of by giving Preston “Number 10” Vance a FAMOUSER! QUICK DRAW from Austin to Vance! Darby watches from the nosebleeds. Will Cody be able to stop the #Relentless underdog if it took all this chaos for Cody to retain?

 

Alex Marvez interviews Best Friends back stage.

After all that chaos, he wants to ask about their grudge with Kip Sabian and Miro. But before there is an answer, Kip and Miro show up! Neither side wants to fight, and both Kip and Miro are apologetic. Kip explains that ALAN the arcade cabinet was a wedding present from Miro to him, so that’s why it was a big deal. But they forgive Trent and Chuck now. And they have presents of their own! Penelope Ford, who is Cassidy for Halloween, hands the Best Friends a wrapped present. Thanks. But before they go, Penelope asks, “Trick or treat?” Neither…? Wrong answer! Miro and Kip attack!! This was never an apology! They throw Bets Friends around the locker room, and say that they were never sorry about how they treated Best Friends!

Miro throws Trent into a wall! Then drag shim up to say, “I will never forgive you! NEVER!” And the present was just ALAN’s control panel, which of course Kip takes back. But is there no going back from the accident turned all out feud?

 

NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Leyla Hirsch!

It was just last Tuesday night, Thunder Rosa was DETHRONED, and a NEW NWA Women’s World Champion was crowned! But there’s no resting on laurels, Serena Deeb is ready to defend her title as a true fighting champion! Will #LEGIT Leyla catch the new champ off guard and take away all that legacy and respect Deeb worked so hard to win?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this newest NWA AEW crossover begins!

Fans are fired up for Deeb as she and Hirsch circle. They approach, tie up, and Deeb manages to power Hirsch to a corner, only for Hirsch to turn it around. Deeb powers out of the corner but the two break and reset. Fans cheer as Hirsch and Deeb circle again. They tie up, Deeb waistlocks, Hirsch drops and moves around to slip out to a hammerlock. Hirsch facelocks, holds on as Deeb rolls and rolls, then clubs Deeb down. Deeb fights up, pries out and arm-drags Hirsch around! Deeb gets Hirsch into a chinlock, then a ghost pin, TWO! The two reset again and fans cheer the exchange. Hirsch and Deeb catch their breath and go again.

Hirsch and Deeb approach, tie up, Deeb headlocks and hits the takeover. Hirsch moves around, makes it a cover, ONE! Hirsch gets up, powers out but Deeb runs her over! Deeb speeds things up, Hirsch LARIATS back! Hirsch runs corner to corner and corner forearms! Then rolls to come back with KNEES! And then a swinging dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hirsch grows annoyed but she brings Deeb up to whip her to a corner. Hirsch runs in, Deeb dodges and then baits Hirsch into a facelock through the ropes! Deeb turns Hirsch for a hotshot neckbreaker! Hirsch writhes, Deeb gets back in and GEDO CLUTCH, TWO! Hirsch escapes, Deeb omoplatas the arm but Hirsch kicks away on Deeb’s arm! Hirsch drags Deeb down, wants the cross armbreaker, but Deeb clasps hands to resist.

Deeb moves, covers, TOW! Hirsch lets Deeb go, gets the arm again and hits an ARM BREAKER! Then a hammerlock, and she RAMS Deeb into corners! Fans fire up as Hirsch grabs Deeb for a facelock and another hammerlock. Hirsch RAMS Deeb into more buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.

Hirsch steps on Deeb for a cocky cover, ONE! Hirsch drags Deeb up and puts her on ropes to wrap the arm around and pull! The ref counts, Hirsch holds on until 4, and Deeb gets to a corner. Hirsch drags Deeb around again, wraps the arm back around ropes and pulls! Again the ref counts but again Hirsch lets go at 4. Hirsch drags Deeb to center, and armbars the arm while Deeb is on her stomach! Deeb endures the modified omoplata and gets a ropebreak with her legs! Hirsch holds on until 4 again, then gets up to grab at Deeb. Hirsch facelocks, goes after the arm and grinds Deeb down to the mat. Deeb endures, fights up to her feet and arm-drags Hirsch away! Deeb gets to ropes, Hirsch is on her and whips, but Deeb reverse to straitjacket NECKBREAKER! Both women are down, their arms hurting, but fans rally up as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Deeb stands over Hirsch. Deeb shakes out the bad arm, brings Hirsch up but Hirsch fires off palm strikes to the chest from all sides! Hirsch kicks a leg out then KNEES Deeb down! Waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Hirsch drags Deeb around, steps on her as she heads to the corner and climbs up top. Hirsch MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS as Deeb moves! Deeb grabs Hirsch for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! And then a normal but stiff neckbreaker! Deeb omoplatas, gets the leg, HALF CRAB! Hirsch TAPS, Deeb wins!!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission (still NWA Women’s World Champion)

Deeb wins the title then successfully defends it 24 hours later! Are we seeing the start to an incredible reign?

 

Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Nyla Rose has been #1 contender for some time, but Nyla says she refuses to wrestle until Shida accepts the rematch challenge. Shida’s response? “Nyla, you want me? I want you at Full Gear!” There it is! The challenge has been accepted, how will this rematch from Double or Nothing go?

 

Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS VSK!

The Chair Man is not one for sharing spotlight or moments, and he continues to claim Scorpio Sky is a spotlight thief. Will Spears finally have #PERFECT10N all to himself tonight?

Spears’ black glove is not loaded, for now. The bell rings and Spears circles with VSK. They tie up, Spears fireman’s carries already, C4!! But Spears takes his time to the cover, and he wins!

Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall

That was certainly Spears’ fastest win ever, but could’ve been even faster if he didn’t take time to gloat. But then a minotaur throws candy at him? Spears goes out to confront the minotaur, drags him out to ringside and puts him in the ring! The minotaur flounders and asks Spears take it easy. Spears has Tully give him the slug, but the minotaur is Scorpio Sky! And that’s no bull! Spears turns around into Scorpio’s fireman’s carry and T K O!! Scorpio glares at Tully before going back to his minotaur mask. As they say, if you mess with the bull, you get the horns. Will Scorpio make sure Spears finally bucks off?

 

AEW sets more matches for Full Gear!

Not only is the AEW Women’s World Championship match set with Shida VS Rose, the Buy-In has been set! After his involvement in the TNT Championship match, John Silver will face Orange Cassidy 1v1! Will Silver face the consequences on behalf of the entire Dark Order?

Plus, AEW has plans for Dynamite next week!

In the go-home to Full Gear, Chris Jericho will be on commentary, and he’ll surely want to watch that match of Sammy Guevara & Ortiz VS MJF & Wardlow very closely. Then Miro VS Trent go 1v1 to see if Trent can get payback for that hallway attack! And after what we just saw, Scorpio Sky and Shawn Spears will finally have it out in a match! Plus, Cody saw the Gunn Club step up against the Dark Order, and he wants to fight alongside them! Cody, Billy and Austin will take on the Dark Order’s Preston Vance, John Silver, and BOOM BOOM Colt Cabana! And before going to dark places in their I Quit match, champion and challenger, Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston, will have one last face to face! Will they keep from turning that into a free preview of Full Gear?

 

AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Kenny Omega VS Penta El Zero M w/ Rey Fenix!

And speaking of Full Gear, this is the match-up we have to determine the other finalist! The Cleaner put Sonny Kiss away in the blink of an eye, but the Lucha Brothers went to war, and though Fenix won, he basically eliminated himself with an injury. Penta gets his spot by default, but neither brother seems that happy about it. Will Cero Miedo triumph this time to take on Hangman? Or will Omega deny Eddie Kingston’s dream of facing his “best friend” in an AEW World Championship match?

AEW returns as Omega has a new prologue to his entrance: Bleacher Report has said over and over again this year that Omega has “risen to the occasion”; Vice calls Omega “the hottest thing in the world of wrestling”; ESPN has said Omega is a “special kind of performer”; Sports Illustrated says “no one can capture an audience’s attention” quite like Omega; Wrestle Joy has described Omega as “a genius”; Last Word on Sports has said Omega is a legend. “He is international held as a trailblazer by media outlets around the world. He has an old high school buddy that currently resides in North Carolina…” This is Kenny OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA!

Oh hey, the cleaner girls, aka the Sweepers, are back, but wearing the Lucha Bro masks. And their dance is a bit more elaborate this time. Omega actually makes his entrance now, and he moves with smooth, slow swagger to the stage for his pyro. Omega finally goes to the ring, and we have this All In rematch long overdue finally happen!

Omega and Penta start at a slower pace than Omega did with Kiss. Omega doesn’t take his shirt off, he must not be taking this seriously. They tie up, Omega headlocks and thrashes Pentagon but Penta powers out. Penta drops, Omega walks all over him! Fans are torn on the swagger but Penta definitely doesn’t like it. Penta shoves, Omega shoves back but then Omega backs off to “apologize.” Omega lifts his shirt to reveal he’s wearing the AAA Mega Championship! Omega rubs that in Fenix’s face as well as Penta’s before taking it off. Omega taunts them with it, Fenix gets up on the apron but the ref tells him to stay back. Omega puts the belt down and dares Penta to do something. Penta dares Omega back! Omega CHOPS! Penta stays up, Omega takes his shirt off, and Penta CHOPS!

Omega grins, he got what he wanted out of that one. Omega CHOPS back, but Penta stays up. Penta takes off the glove with all the due pomp and circumstance, and tosses the glove. Omega intercepts, and SLAPS Penta with it! Omega says Penta needs to chop him, and Penta winds up, but Omega kicks and fires off! Omega stomps and stomps and stomps! And then slaps him with his own glove again and again! Omega wipes his sweat with the glove and throws it at Fenix. Omega brings Penta up to throw forearms, whip but Penta reverses. Penta runs into Omega’s boot, but comes back. Omega goes up and over and rolls, but turns around into that CHOP! Penta swaggers over to KICK the leg! Penta tells the ref to back off and he whips. Omega reverses, Penta goes up and over to BACKSTABBER!

Penta rallies the fans as Omega bails out. Penta builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit!! Penta does crash a bit into railing and now Fenix check son his brother. Fans rally for “CERO MIEDO!” as AEW goes picture in picture.

Omega and Penta get up but Penta hobbles over. Penta still KICKS Omega’s leg and sends him hobbling away! Penta refreshes the count, then goes back to KICK Omega again! Penta POSTS Omega, follows him around the way, but Omega kicks back! Penta KICKS the leg out, then drags Omega up and into the ring. Omega hurries away but Penta is on him with a grounded motorcycle stretch. Omega endures as his arms are pulled back but Penta boots him to a corner! Penta stretches Omega against ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Penta drags Omega up, throws him out of the ring, then follows him out to clothesline him into the crowd of fellow wrestlers! Penta is fired up as he follows and KICKS Omega! Omega uses someone’s cooler to sweep the legs!

Omega kicks and kicks Penta then bounces him off the cooler! Omega paces, Penta throws a water bottle at him! Omega DDT’s Penta to the cooler! Omega is going crazy as he puts Penta back to ringside. Omega is talking to himself as he goes over the railing and follows Penta into the ring. Penta stomps Omega as AEW returns to single picture, but Omega CHOPS and forearms back! Penta KICKS the bad leg, says CERO MIEDO then runs, into a NO HANDS RANA! Penta bails out to steady himself but the Terminator drums begin! Omega builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit and they crash into railing! Omega is fired up as he puts Penta back in! Fans fire up with Omega as he wipes the sweat. Penta KICKS Omega in the head at the ropes!

Penta goes up top as Omega steadies himself. Penta LEAPS for the crossbody! Both men are down but the fans are fired up! Penta is up first, he drags Omega up and into the ring. Penta climbs, Fenix rallies behind his brother, and Penta leaps. Omega dodges and Penta rolls through his own stomps. Omega runs but the V-Trigger misses, Penta BOOTS! Penta runs, springboard SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives the “Spring-Blade” but Penta keeps focus. Penta drags Omega up, brings him over to a corner and clubs him. Penta hops up but Omega fires up to fire off haymakers! Omega laughs as he goes up but Penta slips out to SUPERKICK a leg out! Omega is stuck, Penta goes up, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives but Penta fires himself up.

Penta gets up, fireman’s carries, Omega kicks out to full nelson and SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega talks to himself again as he gets up. Fans are thunderous as Penta rises. Omega reels Penta back in, SNAP DRAGON! Omega keeps going as he brings Penta back up. Omega full nelsons again, but Penta resists and elbows free! Penta CHOPS, CHOPS, and V-TRIGGER from Omega stops that! DR. WILY BOMB, to V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO?!!? Penta survives and Omega can’t believe it! Omega pleads with the ref but “This is Awesome!” as it continues! Penta gets to ropes, Omega takes aim and BANG! Omega runs, V-TRIGGER! Omega Electric Chairs, but Penta fights of and elbows! Omega BLINDSIDE HEEL KICKS! Penta ends up in a corner, Omega goes corner to corner, BLINDSIDE V-TRIGGER!!

Omega shovels Penta up top then climbs up to join him. Omega wants the full nelson again, Penta resists and fights free. Omega CHOPS Penta on the back, goes out to CHOP Penta’s front, then adjusts position. Omega aims for the ramp!? Penta fights back, throwing body shots and a headbutt! Omega falls to the ramp, Penta adjusts and leaps, DESTROYER to the ramp!! The ref checks on both men and somehow, Omega is okay to continue! Penta puts Omega in, drags him up and tucks him in, PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Omega survives and shocks everyone, especially Penta! Fenix rallies for Penta as Penta brings Omega up. Penta pump handles, half nelsons, but Omega resists the lift! Omega breaks free, elbows Penta away, but Penta clubs away on Omega’s back! Penta hooks in again, but Omega arm-drags free! Penta enziguris fast!

Penta fires up, Fenix is right there with him! The fans rally up as Penta drags Omega up. CERO MIEDO, and a run, into a V-TRIGGER!! Omega wants to end this, and he drags Penta up! Electric Chair, fold, but Penta fights with haymakers! Penta drags Omega down into the hammerlock! Penta has the other arm, DARK ARMBAR!! Pop goes Omega’s shoulder!! Penta isn’t done there, he drags Omega back up and pump handles him, but Omega fights off! The bad arm is throbbing so he CHOPS with the good arm! Then he throws double chops! Omega runs, into a SUPERKICK! Omega wobbles, Penta springboards, into a V-TRIGGER!! Electric Chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, OMEGA WINS!!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advances to the finals at Full Gear)

The AAA Mega Champion reminds us why all those people, reporters and outlets said what they said about him! Omega IS the Best Bout Machine, and he has one more battle before he can be called #1 contender! Will he and Hangman tear the house down to not only prove who is worthy of a title shot, but to prove who was the stronger tag partner?


My Thoughts:

A great episode, though maybe not as great as it could’ve been. My only real gripe is how the TNT Championship match ended. Cody VS Cassidy with lumberjacks was going great, but the Dark Order getting maybe too involved and then Arn Anderson, for all his talk of Cody taking this serious and all that, still giving a sucker punch, that just kinda hurt the whole thing. I suppose Cody VS Darby is still a great choice because they’ve had history since literally Dynamite’s start, but I would’ve loved if Cody let Cassidy take this and go against Darby. I suppose the reason could be is that Cody will put Darby over and let Darby carry the title as he continues things with Team Taz. Speaking of, Team Taz had a good promo to call out Hobbs. I expect Team Taz to get involved at some point, Hobbs might respond, only to “swerve” us and turn on Darby. Hoping it’s after Darby wins because a feud is great, but with Starks wanting the TNT title, it’s two birds with one stone for this.

Moxley had a good final vignette, Kingston had a good promo and match with Sydal, a little disappointed Natural Nightmares didn’t confront Butcher, Blade and Bunny, but maybe we get that on Dark. With the face to face in the go-home, I wonder if Archer gets involved so that the math is skewed. Having Serena Deeb on the show as the newly minted NWA Women’s World Champion was great, and she had a great match with Leyla Hirsch. I recall there being an advertised Taynara Conti VS Abadon, and as much as I’m creeped out by Abadon, her and Conti would’ve had a good match. Maybe that still happens on Dark and the NWA title match was an audible. Spears DESTROYING VSK was clearly just a way to get minotaur Scorpio getting the drop on him. Their match is happening in the go-home, that’ll be a lot of fun and could also go a ways to determining a separate contender to the TNT championship.

Shida VS Nyla was of course happening but it was good to hear it from Shida, though no one else really kayfabe’d it the way it was framed on Dark. The quick backstage brawl with Best Friends, Miro and Kip was good, but I feel like they should just do the tag match already if they’re not doing it at Full Gear in even the Buy-In. Cassidy VS Silver is on the Buy-In even though that’s more Dark or go-home tier to me. The Bucks and FTR had a really good interview segment, FTR were really playing up being obnoxious, and the Bucks are doing their “all or nothing” story to follow in Cody’s footsteps. I feel the Bucks paced their story better than Cody’s, but I would hope this means they get the win at Full Gear. I don’t see Bucks dominating an alternate title the same way Cody has.

The “Town Hall” was a good segment, but not quite Jericho’s debate with Cassidy good. Eric’s questions were the best, as was the back and forth with MJF and Jericho. Jericho VS MJF is going to be great, and I like how ominous MJF was about doing anything to win. We might even see some of that next week in that tag match they also set up. And while it was so clear right from the start that Full Gear would have Omega VS Hangman, the matches tonight were incredible, it made everything worth it. I love that Omega’s prologue was all brand new, and I bet it’ll be all new things for Full Gear. On a PPV with FTR VS Bucks, two great title rematches, and even an I Quit match, Omega VS Hangman is going to be the real main event, no matter where it is on the card.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/15/24)

Happy Anniversary, Collision!

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Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

AEW Collision turns one year old tonight, and to “celebrate,” Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo battle under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! What won’t these two do to settle the score?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Rocky Romero, Lio Rush & TMDK; The BCC wins.
  • No Disqualifications: Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo; Deonna wins.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Dalton Castle; Hechicero wins.
  • TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lee Moriarty VS Dante Martin; Dante wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Anthony Henry; Kyle wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Bang Bang Gang VS The House of Black; The House wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Christian Cage speaks.

“Welcome to Collision. Welcome to the one year anniversary of Collision. That’s right, it’s been 365 days since I singlehandedly put this show on the map when I won the TNT Championship int he very first episode, and went on a run with the TNT Championship that will never, ever be seen again. Now in the spirit of Christian Cage’s Collision, tonight, I guarantee you will see why AEW is where the best wrestle. And in the spirit of usual unpredictability, on the eve of the most important holiday of the year, Father’s Day, I guarantee you, Christian Cage’s Collision is going to end up being… very special.” Just what does The Patriarch have in mind for “his” show?

 

8 Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Rocky Romero, Lio Rush & TMDK!

Jon Moxley is still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Wheeler Yuta is still ROH Pure Champion, and both Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli are still bad, bad men! The BCC is looking to still be the baddest group around, but will they be rolling on towards Forbidden Door? Or will Azucar, The Bad Child and the NEW Undisputed NJPW Tag Team Champions prove they’re just a little bit badder?

The teams sort out and The American Dragon starts against Lio. The fans rally for “B C C! B C C!” as Bryan and Lio circle. They feel things out, Lio ducks the roundhouse but Bryan blocks a kick! Bryan gets a SLEEPER, but Lio slips under to waistlock. Bryan switches, shoves, but Lio redirects! Bryan gets under the heel kick and the fans fire up for the standoff! Lio and Bryan reset, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Bryan kicks low, brings Lio around to UPPERCUT, then UPPERCUTS again. Bryan whips, Lio reverses to then go up and RANA! Bryan gets up, but Lio runs to wheelbarrow. Bryan powers Lio to the corner, Yuta tags in!

The fans fire up for Yuta but Lio dodges to whip. Yuta whips, Lio reverses, Yuta goes up and over. Lio handsprings under ot kick and ENZIGIRI! Lio brings Yuta over, tag to Rocky, but Yuta gets loose. Rocky and Yuta trade forearms, the fans fire up, and then the CHOPS fly! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP and the fans fire up more! Yuta fires a flurry of forearms, then whips. Rocky slides under, kicks, Yuta ducks the enzigiri but not the HEEL KICK! Yuta rewinds to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yuta floats to a facelock, tags Claudio, and the fans cheer as the Swiss Superman kicks low.

Claudio brings Rocky around to CHOP! Claudio whips, Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges to jump up and RANA! Tag to Mikey Nicholls but Shane Haste jumps in, too! Shane BLASTS the BCC corner while Mikey whips Claudio to a corner. Mikey runs in to clothesline! Feed to Shane’s UPPERCUT and snapmare, then Mikey SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mikey keeps on Claudio and tags Shane. TMDK double whip but Claudio crisscrosses them! Then he runs to DOUBLE BULLDOG! The fans fire up with Claudio and he tags Bryan. Bryan goes up, Shane stands, into the MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Bryan as Shane tumbles to a corner!

Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps going but Shane FLYING ELBOWS! Shane storms around, goes after Bryan, but Bryan drags him into the LEBELL LCOK! Shanes’ team runs in but BCC intercepts! Moxley & Yuta TOSS out Mikey and Lio, but Claudio has Rocky in a COBRA TWIST! Shane endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go while The BCC keeps beating on Mikey, Lio & Rocky! Moxley makes Rocky sit on the railing, Claudio BOOTS him down! Bryan KICKS Shane again and again, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up to BUZZ_ NO, Shane ducks to shove Bryan! Mikey trips Bryan, Shane basement dropkicks!

Mikey spins Bryan around to UPPERCUT! The ref reprimands, The BCC storms up, and Collision goes picture in picture.

The ref has everyone back off, but Rocky gets cheap shots on Bryan! The ref reprimands, Rocky backs off, and Shane drags Bryan in to stomp him down. Shane drags Bryan up, cravats, then tags in Lio. They mug Bryan, and Lio fires off at the ropes! Tag to Rocky, he adds on with KICKS! Rocky stomps Bryan down, tags Mikey, and they mug Bryan some. Mikey then CHOKES Bryan on the ropes! The ref counts, Mikey lets off, and Bryan sputters as he reaches out. Mikey drags Bryan up to tag in Rocky, and the mugging continues! The ref has to keep The BCC back and that lets the whole team beat up on Bryan!

Rocky taunts Yuta, goes back to Bryan, and brings Bryan around to snapmare. Rocky clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Bryan down. Bryan endures, fights up, but Rocky becomes a backpack! Bryan still reaches out, steps forward, but Rocky lets go to whip Bryan to a corner! Collision returns to single picture, Rocky runs up to clothesline! Rocky keeps going, TWO-EVER! Then THREE-EVER! Rocky hoists Bryan up top, climbs up after him, and goes to the very top. Rocky swivels them hips, but Bryan grabs Rocky for a SUPER ATOMIC DROP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Rocky and Bryan crawl, hot tag to Shane and he BLASTS BCC!

Shane whips Bryan to a corner runs up, but Bryan dodges, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio BLASTS Lio, UPPERCUTRS Mikey, then UPPERCUTS Shane! Claudio fires off fast hands at the ropes, the ref backs him up, but Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! The fans fire up, Claudio whips, and he back drops Shane hard! Claudio just keeps going, he UPPERCUTS Rocky on the outside! Claudio brings a chair around the way, sets it up, and then uses it to LAUNCH into Mikey! Claudio then returns to the ring, runs up and DOUBLE STOMPS Shane! The fans fire up and Claudio gets the legs! But Mikey gets in to LARIAT Claudio down!

The fans boo but Yuta DROPKICKS Mikey! Mikey tumbles out, Yuta DIVES onto him, but is THROWN into railing! Shane fireman’s carries Claudio, but Moxley’s in to CUTTER! Moxley shouts to Claudio and Claudio rises up! The fans are thunderous for the hot tag! Moxley gives Mikey a CUTTER! Moxley then runs in to clothesline at the corner! Moxley whips corner to corner, for another clothesline! Moxley goes up to rain down fists! The fans count along as fast as they can, Moxley goes right to TEN, then he reels Mikey in! Stalling PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! But Moxley clamps on with the SLEEPER!

Mikey fights up, pries free and elbows Moxley. Moxley BOOTS back! Mikey rebounds, Moxley dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Lio tags in and he goes up! FINAL HOUR!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley’s not done yet and Lio is shocked! Lio says no, now it’s time! Lio goes up top again, for another FINAL- NO, Moxley moves and Lio rolls through! Moxley BOOTS Lio down! Then Moxley underhooks, for PARADIGM- NO, Lio slips out! TMDK is in, URENAGE BOMB!! Bryan runs in, but into the scoop! Bryan slips free, shoves Mikey into Shane, then BUSAIKU KNEE! Shane DROPKICSK Bryan!

Yuta gives Shane an OLYMPIC SLAM! Rocky hits SLICED BREAD! Claudio SPINEBUSTERS for the GIANT SWING! Azucar goes around and around and around, and the fans count to TEN, but Claudio just picks up speed! Claudio TOSSES Rocky at 15! Lio leaps on for a SLEEPER! Claudio powers Lio around to TOSS into the DEATH RIDER!! Cover, BCC wins!

Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall

The BCC defend homefield in AEW, and we’re just two weeks away from Forbidden Door! Moxley then gets the mic to say, “Tetsuya Naito of NJPW is a survivor, but The Forbidden Door is the final conflict. This is it. This is your last chance. I’m not coming to beat you,  Naito. I’m not coming to defend the IWGP Championship. I’m coming to Forbidden Door to put an end to Tetsuya Naito once and for all! Naito, I’m coning to Forbidden Door to finish you, to finish your career, to put you in a pine box, to put you in the ground, and to BURY your ass once and for all!!” A powerful ultimatum with still two weeks to go, will the Maniac also be the man that retires Naito?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Youngstown, Ohio, please welcome The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn! The fans fire up as Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass make their way to the ring. Schiavone lets Caster have the mic, and he says usually the Acclaimed comes out here with a rap, some punchlines, but tonight, if you didn’t see, but the “love” EVPs, the Young F’s…! Well, those guys issued a $5 THOUSAND FINE on them for disparaging company executives!? There was a tweet about it! Seems these EVPs are outta touch with the fans! Youngstown confirms!

Caster says the fans don’t want a couple of women’s business suit wearing a-holes! They want Platinum Max roasting everyone! They want Bowens & Billy hitting the scissor fingers, and you bet they want The Acclaimed to become the NEW AEW World Tag team Champions! And if Bowens was The Bucks, he wouldn’t focus the pettiness on raps and tweets, but on the fact that they will be face to face with The Acclaimed for the first time in four years. And this isn’t the same team they faced before in 2020. They are not an upstart! They have the same exact accolades as The Bucks do! Scissor King, Platinum Max, FORMER AEW World Tag Team Champions, FORMER AEW World Trios Champions, the WINNINGEST team in the history of AEW!!

And all they have to get the titles back is beat The Bucks twice. So do your worst! FINE them, but all they want is to get those titles back, get this company back, and prove that EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! In fact, forget fines! Take those fines, stick ’em up your virgin asses, because everyone here is gonna kick it old school for you! YO! YO! YO! LISTEN~! But then someone says NOOOO~! And it’s Brandon Cutler! He tells The Acclaimed to listen! This one year anniversary of Collision is to be a night of praise for the EVPs! They’ve carried this show since day one! But these limp noodles use their public platform to disparage!

So if they want a fine? FINE! Here’s a $10 THOUSAND fine! Then it’ll be $15- Christopher Daniels comes out here to stop Cutler. The Acclaimed had Daniels’ back, so here’s some good news. Tony Khan has REVERSED the fines, they get their money back! And Cutler, we don’t need to hear any more from you. But Cutler shows his clipboard to Daniels. Daniels SMACKS Cutler with the clipboard! Then DECKS him with his fist! Daniels TOSSES Cutler in for The Acclaimed to handle! They trip him up, hold him open, and Bowens goes up to say, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS~! Cutler crawls away in shame, but will The Bucks make sure The Acclaimed pay for that on Wednesday?

 

No Disqualifications: Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo!

La Mera Mera tried to be an ally to The Virtuosa against their common enemy, but the only thing they had in common was that they wanted to be the one to take down Toni Storm. That made them into enemies, and it has escalated to this! With nothing holding these two back, who stops at nothing to make sure the other regrets ever showing up in AEW?

Deonna doesn’t wait, she attacks while Rosa’s on the corner! The bell rings and Deonna puts Rosa in the Tree of Woe. Deonna runs in, but Rosa sits up! Deonna slides out of the ring, and Rosa CROSSBODIES down onto her! Rosa fires off hands, then POSTS Deonna! The fans rally behind Rosa and she CHOPS Deonna against the apron. Rosa SMACKS Deonna off the steel steps, then off them again, and then again! Rosa stands on Deonna, Deonna pushes her away, and Rosa starts bringing out stuff from under the ring! A chain, a trash can, and the lid! Rosa SMACKS Deonna with the lid! And then pushes the lid into Deonna with a boot!

The fans want tables but Rosa runs up first. Deonna dodges, Rosa dropkicks the steps! Deonna drags Rosa up, puts an arm between steps and post, then BOOTS the steps! Rosa falls back, clutching the elbow! Deonna snarls, goes looking under the ring, and she brings out a kendo stick! Deonna throws that all the way over the ring, but she gets some chairs. Deonna wedges a chair in a corner, then gets Rosa up. Rosa reverses the whip but Deonna stops herself! Deonna kicks and whips, but Rosa stops. Rosa ELBOWS Deonna, fireman’s carries, then DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Deonna stays in this but Rosa goes looking for more!

Rosa brings out a TABLE! Youngstown cheers as Rosa gets that big thing up, only for Deonna to DROPKICK it into her! The fans boo but Deonna soaks up the heat, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Deonna drags the table up for herself, and she puts that in the ring. Deonna drags Rosa up, wrenches, then kicks Rosa. Deonna hammerlocks an arm before she POSTS Rosa! And then she hammerlocks and POSTS Rosa again! Rosa clutches the side of her face, but there’s no blood, yet. Deonna gets Rosa in the ring, then drags her over to snapmare by the table. Deonna steps over Rosa to trap the arms, then turns her over so she can dribble Rosa’s head onto the wood! Deonna lets off and Rosa flops over. Cover, TWO! Rosa is tougher than that but Deonna keeps her cool as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and the two fight over a chair. Deonna JAMS Rosa up, takes a swing, but Rosa dodges! Rosa BOOTS the chair into Deonna! Then Rosa grabs the chair to JAM Deonna, and SMACK her on the back! And SMACK her again! Rosa brings Deonna around, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS her on the folded table! Cover, TWO! Deonna is still in this but Rosa drags her around to put in a corner. Rosa hoists Deonna up top, goes up after her, but Deonna fights with body shots! Rosa CLUBS Deonna in return, but Deonna slips under! Rosa rains down fists, so Deonna YANKS her into the buckle! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Rosa falls into the Tree of Woe, Deonna runs up and this time, she RAMS into Rosa! Rosa falls out of the Tree, Deonna covers, TWO!! Rosa survives that Spear of Woe or whatever you’d call it, and the fans rally up. Deonna drags Rosa up, slashes her throat, and then Gotch lifts, but Rosa fights that! Rosa wrenches out to FULL METAL DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives hitting steel but Rosa won’t let up. Rosa brings Deonna over to a corner, and puts the trash can around her! The fans cheer as Rosa stomps away on Deonna! Deonna sits down, Rosa grabs the table and she brings that around. The fans cheer as it’s finally set up!

Rosa SMACKS the can with the chain! Then Rosa finishes setting the table up, to use it as a ramp! FLYING SHOTGUN into the trash can!! The fans are thunderous for that unique use of a table, and then Rosa covers Deonna, TWO!?!? Deonna survives the savage innovation, but Rosa won’t give up just yet. Rosa completely stands the table up now, but Deonna has a chair! She slide sit at Rosa, the table falls over, but Rosa JAMS Deonna up with it! Rosa reels Deonna in, underhooks, but Deonna fights the package to wrench out! Deonna reels Rosa in, for a KNEELING PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Rosa lives and Deonna is stunned!

Deonna clamps onto the arm, FUJIWARA! Rosa reaches out, but ends up in the VENUS DE MILO!!! Rosa reaches with her legs, but Deonna HAMMERS away on her head! Deonna rolls past Rosa to then look around on the outside. She LOW BLOWS a staff member!? Just to CLOBBER Rosa with his camera!!! Deonna shows no mercy to anyone, and she puts Rosa in the ropes! MOTORCYCLE STRETCH IN THE ROPES! Rosa’s out cold, Deonna wins!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by referee stoppage

That camera shot might as well have been a knockout! But Deonna still gets the win either way. Is Deonna going to move on from Rosa once and for all to then go after a title? Or will Rosa’s revenge not die with one loss?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Dalton Castle

Now this is a unique match-up! The Alchemist of Lucha is taking on The Peacock, and… wait are those The Outrunners being Castle’s substitute Boys? Well, uh, Turbo & Truth aside, will Castle be too hot to handle even for the man that summons fire? Or will Hechicero turn this Forbidden Door appetizer into sweet, sweet victory?

The bell rings and the fans fire up as these two get face to face. Hechi shoves Castle, Castle gets serious. They feel things out, tie up, and Hechi facelocks. Castle still powers Hechi to ropes, the ref calls the break, and the two let off clean. Castle gets fired up and eggs Hechi on. Hechi CHOPS, so Castle UPPERCUTS! They fire back and forth, CHOP for forearm, then Castle fires off a flurry! Castle runs, but HEchi follows to CROSSBODY! Hechi slips right into a SLEEPER at the ropes! Hechi shoves Castle away, goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Hechi kicks Castle around and eggs him on.

Hechi CLUBS away on Castle, runs, but Castle wrenches to LARIAT, KNEE, and DDT! The fans fire up as Castle gets a wild look in the eyes. Castle clamps on a half nelson, then CLUBS away on Hechi to get him up. Hechi fights with elbows of his own, but runs into an Alabama Lift! Castle spins, BANGAAA- NO, Hechi slips free, pops Castle up, and has the COBRA CLUTCH STRAITJACKET! Castle flails, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Hechi keeps the body scissors, wants the rear naked choke but Castle rolls. Hechi drags Castle up but Castle arm-drags free! Hechi BOOTS back, swings, but Castle blocks to ELBOW!

Castle snarls, runs, but Hechi follows to LARIAT in the corner! Hechi fires fast hands and a CHOP! Castle sits down, Kaun & Liona like what they see. Hechi powers up but runs into a clinch! EXPLODER! Castle and Hechi both rise, and the fans fire up with Castle! Hechi swings, but into another lift! Hechi sunset flips, TWO!! Castle just manages to escape, and he BOOTS Hechi! Hechi goes to a corner, Castle runs in but Hechi dodge! SHINING WIZARD! Hechi keeps going, LA MYSTICA LEG DROP! Cover, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by pinfall

That was some in-ring magic for sure! The Gates of Agony celebrate with their new ally, will they and The Machine, Brian Cage, soon take over AEW and CMLL? But then Hechi beats up on Castle, puts him in a corner, and Liona HIP ATTACKS! Kaun METEORAS! The fans boo, but The Outrunners run in! Only to get CLOBBERED by The Gates… Hechi then feeds Castle to the Gates for the LARIAT SANDWICH! And they CLOSE- NO! Daniel Garcia hurries out here, with a chair! He and Daddy Magic have Castle’s back as they run off Hechi & The Gates! Will even The Alchemist of Lucha fear Red Death?

 

Backstage interview with Dante Martin.

Arkady Aura is with Angel Dorado, as well as his teammates, Darius Martin & Action Andretti. She brings up Dante facing Lee Moriarty in the TNT Championship qualifier. However, everyone else is banned from ringside. Dante says that’s fine, because Top Flight is about friendly competition. He remembers a time when Lee Moriarty was once about that. Darius asks if Dante is running. He’s not. Is he scared? He’s not. Because this is one of the best high-fliers today! High-flying and redeye-ing! Action promises that at Forbidden Door, Dante will be the NEW TNT Champion! But in steps Lio Rush. He says what’s up, long time no see. Good to see he has some new friends.

Not sure if any of them knew this or not, but Lio and Action go way back. That’s true. So as far as Darius, nice to finally meet you. Darius knows who Lio is, and won’t shake his hand. Okay, that’s fine. Just wanted to wish Dante luck tonight. Maybe see them around. Lio heads out, Action says yeah, great seeing him again. Top Flight heads out, but will Dante book him and the boys some golden tickets to Long Island? Or will #TAIGASTYLE make sure Shane Taylor Promotions takes over New York?

 

The Patriarchy is in the ring.

And “Mother” Shayna Wayne asks for everyone’s attention. They boo her? They boo a mother?! How dare you! Shayna demands they all get on their feet right now and pay respect to “the greatest father to ever live,” THEIR Patriarch, Christian Cage. And with that, Captain Charisma makes his way out here. Christian takes the mic and sits in the fancy chair they have for him. “Well, I didn’t exactly have ‘spending the most important holiday of the year’ in The Rust Belt, but here we are.” The fans boo but Christian says Youngstown needs to sit down and shut their mouths while he conducts his business.

Now, he’d be remised if he didn’t acknowledge what today is. Today is the anniversary of his son, Nick Wayne’s biological father passing away. Christian says that can affect a child many different ways. You might wonder why the universe can be so cool. But in a strange way, Nick’s father dying was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to him, because it led him to Christian Cage. The fans boo but Christian says this veiled picture must of course be a gift for him. Did Nick commission this? Nick even has a card! Christian opens it up, and it says Happy Father’s Day. A homemade card from the heart? Should he read it?

“To Dad, You are the greatest TNT Champion in history,m and I can only dream of having half your tlanet, but I will keep striving to prove my worth. Love, Nick.” How thoughtful, Christian appreciates that. And uh, can we unveil the portrait now? Of course! The curtain is taken away, and it’s a failry impressive painting. Did Luchasaurus do this himself? Wow. Then uh, this is… Okay. But Nick’s card is unbelievable! He’s a wordsmith! It’s popping off the paeg! Christian has never been prouder, he will cherish this forever. And uh, Killswitch- The fans chant “LUCHASAURUS!” but he says shut up, he’s Killswitch! Killswitch, why can’t you be more like Nick?

Luchasaurus storms off! The fans cheer but Christian says he wasn’t excused! Get back in line! Christian has something important to say and everyone will want to hear this. Luchasaurus reluctantly stands back by the chair, and Christian says that’s a good looking guy in the picture either way. Now, it is no secret that Double Or Nothing was a couple weeks ago. And Christian clearly fell short in his quest to become AEW World Champion. But what you might not realize is that there is alternate footage clearly showing his shoulder was up! The EVPs want to do the right thing and show this footage, but he politely asked not to show it.

This family does not make excuses here! They just roll up their sleeves and get back to work! Christian vows to one day be World Champion, and that path starts with winning the Trios Championships! That’s right! Christian’s gift to his “sons” is that they will hold titles together. The fans still chant for Luchasaurus but Christian tells them to shut up! Now yes, it is uncommon for the father to give a gift to his children on Father’s Day, but that is what a good father would do. He would give anything to make his children smile. Hey, even Tony Khan’s dad gave him millions upon millions of dollars to start this company!

But here’s the thing, Tony Khan, this very instant, Christian Cage says this is HIS company! He is the greatest, most talked about and influential star in this sport! He will win every accolade until he goes down as THE greatest in history! So Tony, Christian is your father now. They are The Patriarchy, the next Trios Champions, the Faces of TNT, now and forever! Captain Charisma has spoken, but will his declaration become reality?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says it is the one-year anniversary of Collision, and they are the Collision Cowboys, the men who built this brick by brick! Juice broke his back carrying this place! Colten says that as such, they hold a lot of gold. There are a lot of teams gunning for them, but they can’t handle the pressure. House of Black tonight, and now The Patriarchy wants a shot? Yeah, it’s Father’s Day, but you don’t get special privilege. Get in line! Austin adds that House of Black, they’re not sure what’s going on, maybe they’ve been in the dark too long, but open your eyes, dilate the pupils, and uh, notice that Jay White isn’t here.

Tonight is NOT for the titles, but tonight is about proving whether or not if you can hang with the OGs! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP!

 

TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lee Moriarty VS Dante Martin!

As we heard from Dante, these two used to be friends, but ambition seems to have given #TAIGASTYLE a bit of a salty edge. Will Lee use that edge to clip Angel Dorado’s wings? Or will Dante prove that he not only does things the right way, but can win at the same time?

The bell rings, the fans rally as the two circle, and then Lee goes for a leg. Dante steps over, trips Lee, then speeds up. Lee drops, hurdles, but Dante stops to hurdle and drop. Lee handsprings, then shimmies and shakes. The fans cheer and the two reset. Dante and Lee feel things out, and the fans are behind Dante. Lee gives a testing kick, then the two knuckle lock. Lee wrenches, trips Dante, then GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! The fans are torn, but Lee drags Dante around by the leg< Dante kicks free, reaches up, and RANAS! The fans fire up, Dante speeds up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then jumps to RANA again!

Lee flounders, Dante stays by ropes,. Lee runs up, Dante goes up and over! Lee tumbles out of the ring, Dante builds speed! Dante FLIES, but lands safe as Lee moves aside! Lee thinks he’s safe, but then Dante uses the corner to DROPKICK Lee down! Dante copies the shimmy and then drags Lee up. Dante CHOPS Lee against the railing! The fans fire up for that one, and Dante puts Lee in the ring. Dante then jumps right up to the apron, springboards, but Lee trips him up! Dante tumbles back down and Lee grins. Lee claps and the fans applaud, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee waits on Dante, and Dante slides back in. Lee stomps Dante at the ropes again and again and again! Dante writhes, Lee drags him up, then KNEES low. Lee fires m ore knees, then shoves Dante to RAM into him. Lee reels Dante in to HALF HATCH! Roll back and cover, TWO! Lee keeps on Dante with a hammerlock, then traps that arm to go after the other. Dante endures, even as Lee pushes on the arm. Lee twists the fingers and wrist to bend the arm, and then use it as a recliner! Dante endures as Lee gives a thumbs up. Lee then sits back up, to stomp the arm down! Dante writhes, Lee stomps him around, then Lee drags Dante up.

Lee fires more knees into Dante, shoves him, but Dante leaps up and over to sunset flip! TWO, and Lee ROCKS Dante with fast hands! Dante blocks a kick but not the KNEE! Dante sits down, Lee basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Lee is annoyed but he clamps onto the arm again. Dante endures, Lee bends the fingers and wrist, to JAM the fingers into the mat! Dante still endures, but Lee clamps on, chinbars, and pushes on the joint. The fans rally, Dante fights, but Lee throws knees to keep him down. Lee pulls on the chinbar but Dante powers up. Collision returns to single picture, and the fans rally as Dante pries free!

Dante arm-drags Lee away, Lee runs up, but Dante BOOTS him! ROLLING ELBOW! Dante ROCKS Lee again, whips, but the bad arm jams up! Lee whips Dante away, runs up, but Dante slips to the outside! Dante ROCKS Lee, springboards to go up and around, but Lee grabs a leg. Dante kicks him away, jumps again and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Lee survives but Dante stays focused. The fans fire up with Dante as he rises, and Dante reels Lee in. Lee fights the half nelson, so Dante CLUBS away! Lee wrenches free of the waistlock, brings Dante to a knee, and he SNAPS the fingers! What a villain!

Lee gets Dante’s arms tired up, clinches, YOYO URENAGE! Into the BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Dante endures, reaches out, and he crawls with the one free arm! Lee kicks at that arm, but Dante uses a leg for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Lee lets off, and then Lee brings Dante up! Lee suplexes into a SLAM, then covers, TWO!! Dante escapes that deep tuck and Lee is frustrated. Lee kicks at Dante while they’re both down, then Lee rises up. Lee aims, Dante rises, and Lee runs up, but Dante ducks the kick! JUMP KNEE! Lee wobbles, but he BOOTS back! Lee runs up, into a KNEE from Dante!

Dante goes up, METEORA! Lee is down and the fans fire up as Dante climbs a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, Dante wins!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

And with that, the fourth spot is filled! Dante joins Mark Briscoe, Konosuke Takeshita & Jack Perry, but wait! Shane Taylor & Anthony Ogogo show up to mug Dante! The fans boo as STP are sore losers! BODY SHOT from Ogogo! But here come Darius & Action! They fight with STP but that’s 3v2! Shane DECKS Darius, Ogogo GERMAN SUPLEXES Action! URENAGE for Darius! The fans boo more but STP doesn’t care. Lio Rush hurries out here, he asks what this is all about. Shane dares Lio to bring his little ass in here! Lio does, and he slips under Shane to shove Ogogo into him! Then he schoolboys Ogogo to SPIN KICK!

Shane whips Lio but Lio stops himself at the ropes! Lio eggs Shane on, then DUMPS him out! Lee runs up but Lio TOSSES Him out, and HANDSPRING KICKS Lee into Shane! Lio stands tall with Top Flight, and refs hurry out to stop this from getting any wilder. Will Shane Taylor make sure Lio meets his final hour soon enough? As for Dante and Top Flight, they nod respect to Lio, but still no handshakes. Will Lio just have to give them all time to trust him?

 

Hikaru Shida speaks.

“I have been in AEW since day one. I am a three-time world champion. I am the longest reigning AEW Women’s World Champion. And I am officially entering the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. That tournament needs me. And Wembley Stadium needs me! And the Shining Samurai will go to Wembley Stadium to once again become Women’s Champion.” Will Shida shine all the way through the Summer to then go All In on an incredible fourth Women’s World Championship reign?

 

Kyle O’Reilly VS Anthony Henry!

The Violent Artist has been trying to do things on his own, but even now, Roderick Strong & The Kingdom tag along. They’re on commentary for this match, and BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite! It will be an “All-Star 8 Man” as Roderick Strong joins forces with Kyle Fletcher, Konosuke Takeshita and Zack Sabre Jr. VS Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy, Dante Martin & Mark Briscoe. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker still be able to support his “friend” here tonight knowing that now? Or will Roddy find himself rooting for the other guy?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, and tie up. Henry powers Kyle back but Kyle turns that around. They go around and around, Kyle waistlocks but Henry switches. Kyle switches and drags Henry down Henry blocks one kick but has to duck the other! The fans cheer as Henry backs off, and the two reset. Kyle and Henry feel things out, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder. They go around, Henry throws Kyle down but Kyle has the leg guard up. Kyle kicks one knuckle lock apart to trip Henry up. Henry uses a leg guard now, but Kyle stands. Henry uses body scissors to climb up and go for the arm!

Kyle moves around, back drops and ARMBAR! Henry scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go, KICKS at Henry, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! This relentless Kyle is the kind Roddy likes. Kyle wrenches, whips, but Henry holds ropes! Kyle KICKS the leg, then hooks it. Henry turns that around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Henry traps Kyle’s head to NECK TWIST! Henry holds on, grabs an arm, then gives some kicks. Kyle just gets mad! The fans rally for Kyle and Roddy also coaches Kyle. Kyle stands, Henry KICKS, but Kyle ROCKS Henry. They fire off forearms, henry fires a strike fest!

Kyle blocks a kick, gives a strike fest in return, then SWEEPS the legs! The fans fire up as Henry flounders to a corner. Kyle runs up to forearm SMASH! Then wrench and ELOBW BREAKER, to a KNEE, to a suplex and FALCON ARROW into the ARMBAR! Henry TAPS, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

Roddy says that’s because of his presence! Roddy says Kyle is clearly missing something, or someone, to help him get that edge. Will Kyle show Roddy plenty of that “edge” this Wednesday?

 

Six Man Tag: The Bang Bang Gang VS The House of Black!

We heard from Rock Hard Juice Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin earlier tonight, but now is time to put up or shut up! Malakai, Brody & Buddy have been World Trios Champions before, but will they get one step closer to becoming Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions? Or will the House fold when facing the Collision Cowboys in their house?

The trios sort out, but then they all step to each other. The fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but we get Juice and The Dark Father. Juice and Malakai circle, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, Juice powers out but Malakai runs him over! Cover, ONE and Juice arm-drags! Malakai headscissors, Juice kips free, but Malakai avoids the arm-drag to sit down. The fans fire up, so Juice lifts a leg a la dogs. Malakai stands up to KICK Juice down! Juice scrambles away, Austin tags in. Austin is all fired up, but then Brody tags in! Austin turns around and tags Colten! Colten says that’s fine, he can bark it up. Brody swings, Colten bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS-

Er, well, no, Brody doesn’t seem too bothered. Brody runs Colten over, he runs Austin over, then runs them both over! The Gunns stagger up, Brody runs up to DOUBLE LRIAT them out! Juice runs in but Brody TOSSES him out onto The Gunns! The fans fire up as The House stands together, they all build speed, but the Bang Bang Gang gets in to say BANG! So the House DECKS them all! The House tosses everyone out and the brawl is on as Collision goes picture in picture!

Brody is after Juice, Malakai TOSSES Austin, and Buddy CHOPS Colten. Malakai BOOTS Austin into the crowd! Brody sits Juice in a corner to CHOP! Malakai joins in to mug Juice, and Buddy KNEES Colten. Brody brings Juice around to whip hard into railing! Austin returns but Malakai KNEES him down. Brody CLUBS Austin, the fans fire up, and Brody CHOPS Austin. Buddy brings Colten over to join in, and he UPPERCUTS Colten into a seat. Brody herds Austin and Juice that way, the Bang Bang Gang all take seats, and Malakai KICKS away on them all! The fans hoot and bark with Brody as he runs in, to TRIPLE CROSSBODY!

The fans cheer and high-five Brody as The Bang Bang Gang all slumps down. Brody drags Colten up to put him in, and then stalks Colten to his empty corner. Brody grins at Colten’s fear, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns again and Buddy tags Malakai. They mug Colten, then Malakai wrenches to tag Buddy. Buddy climbs up to DOUBLE STOMP Colten’s arm! Buddy taunts Austin, goes back to Colten and wrenches. Tag to Malakai and he KNEES the arm! Malakai wrenches but Colten throws him down by his hair! Tag to Austin and Austin stomps away on Malakai! The ref counts, Austin lets off, but Malakai BOOTS him! Austin runs up to CLOBBER Malakai! Austin throws hands, then tags in Colten. They whip Malakai, to BODY SHOT, KNEE LIFT, and DROPKICK! Juice tags in to SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Juice stands on Malakai, the Gunns YANK Buddy & Brody down! Juice whips Malakai hard into the corner! Juice stomps away on Malakai, argues with the ref, then drags Malakai back up. Juice snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Malakai is still in this and Juice is frustrated. Juice stands Malakai up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Austin in. They mug Malakai, Austin asks “Who’s the Ass Boy now?” “YOU!!” Austin frowns, then fires hands on Malakai. Tag to Colten, he stomps away on Malakai. The ref counts, Colten ROCKS Malakai but the fans rally up. Juice tags in, he stomps at Malakai, then eggs him on.

Juice HEADBUTTS, but Malakai ROCKS Juice, DECKS the Gunns, then fires off on Juice! Juice blocks a kick, to LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai is still in this and Juice is upset with the ref’s count! Juice clamps onto Malakai for a chinlock but Malakai endures. Malakai fights up as the fans rally, and Malakai KICKS the bad leg! Juice THROAT CHOPS back! Malakai falls into a corner, Juice goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Malakai crawls, as does Juice, hot tag to Colten! He CLOBBERS Malakai, then whips him away. Colten runs up, but only gets buckles! Austin tags in, grabs Malakai’s foot, but Malakai BOOTS him into Colten!

Hot tag to Buddy! The fans fire up as the Aussie Juggernaut fires off strikes and a BOOT to Austin! POP-UP KNEE for Colten! Austin runs up, into a tilt-o-whirl and LAWN DART into Colten! Buddy reels Austin in for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, Juice breaks it! The fans boo but Juice hurries to BLAST Brody! Juice goes back to Buddy to whip, but Buddy lands safe on the apron! Buddy GAMANGIRIS Juice, bumps him off buckles, then BOOTS him away! Buddy goes up, Juice staggers around, into the METEORA! Cover, TWO! Buddy’s bad knee is bothering him, but he hobbles up to tag in Brody. Brody storms in and the fans fire up as we go picture in picture again.

Buddy has medics check his knee, he may have taken himself out when he hit Juice. Brody does his best to focus on the match, and he puts Austin in a corner. Buddy is in some serious pain, though. Brody runs up to CLOBBER Austin in the corner! Brody hoots and barks and gets the fans back into this. Brody roars, runs, but Colten saves his brother! The Bang Bang Gang regroups on the outside, the medics are still checking on Buddy but it isn’t looking good. This is basically 3v2 now. Juice & The Gunns strategize, knowing they have the advantage now. The ref has Bang Bang Gang settle down a minute while Buddy is helped to the back.

The fans applaud as Buddy is doing his best to walk on the good leg, and Collision returns to single picture. But the Gunns jump on Brody, they and Juice mug him, and Malakai tries to help but is sent back out! The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but the Bang Bang Gang doesn’t care! Tag to Colten and he stomps away on Brody. The ref counts, Colten tags Austin back in, and now Austin stomps Brody. Tag to Juice, he gets some stomps in! The fans still taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but Juice blows boogers onto Brody! Then Juice CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and Juice covers, TWO! Brody stays in this and the fans fire up!

Austin tags in, then he tags Colten. The Gunns get Brody up, whip him to ropes, but Brody denies the 3:10 with a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Juice runs up, but into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Brody is down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, the fans hoot and bark, hot tag to Malakai! Malakai breaks through Colten’s lariat to BOOT Austin! Malakai dodges Colten, DECKS Austin, then ELBOWS Colten! A strike fest and a LEG SEWEP for Austin! SLIDING KNEE! The fans fire up, but Juice takes the QUEBRADA for Colten! Malakai still ROUNDHOUSES Colten and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Malakai snarls and the fans fire up! Colten rises, distracts the ref with talk of injury, and Juice grabs a leg! Malakai kicks Juice away, but Colten runs up, FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Colten’s shot doesn’t finish this but he tags to Austin. The Gunns get Malakai up, double whip, 3:10- NO, Malakai BOOTS Colten, BOOTS Austin, but Juice HOTSHOTS! FAMOUSER from Austin! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and Austin is stunned! The Gunns reload, call their shot, and they coordinate with Juice! Juice goes up, but Brody is back! The Gunns dodge him, 3:10 TO YUMA!!! But they have to get Malakai down!

Austin turns Malakai, Juice finally aims, but PAC is here?! The Bastard spooks Juice, trips him up, then flips off Austin! Austin swings on Pac, but turns around into THE END!!! Cover, The House wins!!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

The Bastard told The Bang Bang Gang that he was not going to let what they did to Death Triangle slide! The House still gets the win, even with Buddy going down with a bad knee. But then The Patriarchy has to come in via the tron to ruin all the fun. Christian Cage says congratulations to The House. Congratulations on becoming the #1 contenders to the World Trios Championships. The only problem is, they’re not a trio anymore. The Patriarchy reveals they took out Buddy!! The Patriarchy leaves Buddy down and out, right as Malakai & Brody rush to the back! Will Christian Cage stoop to new lows just so he and his “sons” can rise up the ranks?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision for the anniversary episode, and I appreciate it was more rock, less talk. The only real talky stuff was everything Christian Cage did, but even that wasn’t so bad because he didn’t take forever getting to the point. He takes credit for all the good Collision content, heavily favors Nick Wayne over Killswitchasaurus, and then tries to hide his failure at Double Or Nothing by going for the trios titles, which he can totally just use Nick and Luchasaurus to win for him when the time comes. Really good promo from Bang Bang Gang in response, and great main event between Bang Bang Gang and House of Black.

If Buddy isn’t actually hurt, he was doing amazing acting tonight. And with how Christian “attacked” Buddy, it seems the story is the same either way: The House will need a new third man to challenge Jay White & The Gunns. Pac showed up to stick it to the Bang Bang Gang, so maybe The Bastard becomes an honorary member of The House of Black just to take the titles. And honestly, what better feud than Christian “Greatest Father Ever” Cage and “The Bastard” Pac, with how “bastard” also has the old definition of “a fatherless child.” And honestly, when is Luchasaurus going to break away from Christian? Should happen during the trios title match.

Really good 8 Man Tag, but I should’ve figured BCC would win, and that Moxley would again tell Naito that he’s done after Forbidden Door. It’s the same thing he’s been saying all week since Dominion last Sunday, he’ll probably keep saying it for those who weren’t paying attention, and I am starting to think that’s just because he’s going to lose in Long Island so Naito can have finish his last run with the world title. And good integration as Lio says hey to Dante before Dante has his match with Lee. Great win for Dante, and I figured he would because you need a true high-flyer in a ladder match. Lio helping fight off Shane Taylor Promotions is also interesting, can’t wait to see which way this splits. Could someone be leaving Top Flight to join STP?

Kyle VS Henry was a strange filler-not-filler, because at least we got the news of an 8 Man Tag happening for Dynamite. It’ll be a great match, with some Forbidden Door build involved as Cassidy will be facing Zack Sabre Jr. and now we’ll be seeing Mark Briscoe, Dante Martin, and Konosuke Takeshita in the ladder match. With that, feels like one of the Kyles takes a loss. Either Roddy purposefully costs O’Reilly or accidentally costs Fletcher. I’m thinking the former so that Roddy can insist O’Reilly still needs him to be relevant. Then they can take that feud through the Summer, maybe even into the Men’s Owen Hart Cup.

Really good promo from Shida, and she’ll be a great part of the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Probably won’t win it, though, with the potential story of Mariah May challenging Toni Storm, or with Willow looking to go back-to-back. Very good match from Hechicero VS Dalton Castle, and it was a rather clever move that The Outrunners were the pseudo-boys that failed to save Castle while Garcia & Menard succeeded. Add Angelo Parker to that and you’ve got an 8 Man Tag right there of Garcia, Menard, Parker & Castle VS Hechicero & The Cage of Agony. Very good No DQ match from Deonna VS Rosa, but as I said earlier in the week, I figured Deonna would win. She’s a Heel, the current champions are Faces, she will make a good challenger to maybe the TBS Championship for All In.

And a great promo from The Acclaimed to call out The Bucks for their continued abuses of power. Cutler being the scrub that takes beatings on behalf of The EVPs is a pretty silly recurring gag, but Daniels getting in on the fun was good stuff. The Acclaimed surely do find a way to win the Title Eliminator in order to force a title match that The Bucks probably cheat to win. This probably still leads to Acclaimed helping Swerve for Blood & Guts, as I sensed on Wednesday.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/14/24)

Toni Storm is on a Rampage!

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The Leading Lady “rehearses” for The Forbidden Door.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Mina Shirakawa wants her spotlight, but Toni Storm must first test her mettle against “Titanium” Alex Windsor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino; Shota wins.
  • Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo; Satnam wins.
  • PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Pac wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor!

The Leading Lady knows her beloved, budding protege’s past partner is coming for her prized possession, but she is looking to send a message tonight. Will Mina Shirakawa hear that message loud and clear? Or will Titanium Alex be nobody’s tune-up?

Speaking of, Alex doesn’t even wait for the bell, she goes after Toni the moment she’s in a corner! The fans boo but the bell rings and the ref reprimands. Alex fires off haymakers on Storm, then bumps her off buckles. Windsor soaks up the heat, whips Storm back in, then runs up to CHOP! Windsor soaks up more heat, then runs back in, but into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fast hands, then fires up! The fans are with her and Storm gives Windsor a point-blank HIP ATTACK! And then another! And then another! Storm winds up, the fans fire up, and BOOM, another hip attack! Windsor tumbles out while the fans cheer.

Storm runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Windsor off the apron! Storm calls Mariah over, nuzzles her, then goes after Windsor. Storm CLUBS Windsor, drags her up, then reels her in. Windsor fights the suplex, throws body shots, and then swings, but Storm DECKS her first! Storm goes to the ring but Windsor gets her for a wheelbarrow! Windsor SMASHES Storm off the apron! Windsor KICKS Storm, gets her back up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Storm flounders, Mariah is concerned but Windsor gets in her way. Windsor CLUBS Storm, HAMMERS away, then soaks up the heat. Windsor slides into the ring and Mariah checks on Storm.

Windsor taunts Storm, then goes back out to fetch her. But now Luther stands in Windsor’s way to keep her from getting at Mariah. Windsor drags Storm up, whips her, and POSTS her! Storm staggers around, Windsor runs up to CLUB her again, then throws body shots! Windsor CLUBS Storm, soaks up more heat, but Storm RAMS Windsor into barriers! The fans fire up as Storm rolls into the ring. The fans rally as Windsor drags Storm to a corner, to SLAM the legs into the post! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, but Windsor YANKS Storm out to CLUB her down. Windsor rolls into the ring while fans rally behind Storm.

Luther & Mariah check on Storm, but Windsor goes out again. Luther says to stay back, but Windsor SHOVES Luther into Mariah, which sends Mariah into Storm! The fans boo but Windsor stomps away on Storm, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Windsor drags Storm up and ROCKS her with a forearm! Storm sputters and staggers around the way, but Windsor stalks after her. Windsor has Storm against barriers to CLAW the eyes! Windsor puts Storm in the ring, drags her to a cover, TWO! Storm is tougher than that, and Mariah scowls at Windsor. Windsor fires forearms on Storm, ROCKS her, then whips Storm to ropes to run her over! Cover, TWO! Windsor grows frustrated but she drags Storm up for a cravat. Storm endures the neck wrench, but Windsor throws in knee after knee!  Storm throws body shots but Windsor whips her to a corner.

Windsor runs in but Storm dodges! Rampage returns to single picture as Storm blocks boots, puts Windsor in ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Windsor writhes, Storm goes to the far end, and the fans fire up for the close up! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC! And then the fisherman SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm storms around. She drags Windsor up and reels her in, but Windsor wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Storm HEADBUTTS back! Storm runs, but Windsor clothesline at ropes! And again! And then a RIGHT ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and the fans rally up!

Windsor drags Storm up but Storm drags her into a cradle! TWO, SHINING WINDSOR! Cover, TWO!! The fans rally for Storm again but Windsor snarls. Windsor storms up on Storm, drags her up, short arm- NO, Storm dodges the lariat, runs, and smothers the pop-up to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Storm breaks through Iron Will Windsor, and revels in the praise of her adoring public. She also holds Mariah close, but will she still have both once she passes through The Forbidden Door? Or will the Fighting Gravure Idol steal more than just the spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Harley Cameron.

Arkady Aura is with The Outcasts’ crazier component, and says she’s a bit surprised to see Harley without Saraya, considering the big win last week. Yeah, yeah, who cares? Saraya is not here as a form of protest! All these women are all declaring for the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament. Oh~, declaring~! What are we? Royal subjects? Oh, a royal decree from the king! Or maybe we’re more old Southern women, “Oh, I do declare!” The only one who should be declaring anything is Saraya. Because the winner gets a world title shot at All In. And who was it that won last year at Wembley Stadium? Saraya! What a declaration!

And with that said, Saraya’s done it before, and she will do it again. And now Harley declares this interview over, goodbye. Then from Harley’s mouth to the world’s ears, will Saraya make sure she is the one crowned the 2024 Queen of Harts before crowning herself champion once again?

 

AEW hears from Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo.

La Mera Mera tells “Deonna, you might’ve been a little bit busy, but there were some flashing news. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Collision. And as a tradition, Thunder Rosa always likes to pick a fight. And who else than you?” But The Virtuosa asks back, what does Rosa not understand here? Rosa’s selfishness has forced Deonna to embrace her own. But La Mera Mera isn’t owed anything. From where Deonna comes from, those who want respect must show respect. And those who refuse get respect beaten into them. Saturday Night Collision, Rosa VS Deonna, NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! And Deonna asks what Rosa thinks happens when her head collides with a chair.

Rosa says nothing will stop her from showing Deonna the real respect of a warrior. No disqualifications, no problems. Happy Anniversary, Collision! But who will celebrate by standing over the other’s battered body?

 

Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have broken away from Swerve’s House to do things their way. So far, so good, for them. But will their opponents wish it’d been another three sent into The Cage of Agony?

The trios sort out, Tupu starts against Kaun, and the two circle. Liona distracts Tupu and Kaun DROPKICKS Tupu into the corner! Kaun CHOPS, then fires off forearms! The ref counts, Kaun bumps Tupu off buckles to then fire off more forearms. Kaun CHOPS, the ref has him back off, and Kaun runs in. Tupu goes up and over, keeps moving, and Gutierrez tags in. Kaun CLOBBERS Tupu but Gutierrez kicks low! Gutierrez whips but Kaun reverses. Gutierrez ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Liona sneaks a tag. Gutierrez hurdles but turns around into a BOOT! Liona CLOBBERS Gutierrez! Liona looms over Gutierrez, drags him up, then BODY SHOTS!

Liona BODY SHOTS again, and again! Gutierrez falls, but Liona drags him up again, to LARIAT! The fans rally as Liona drags Gutierrez over and tags in The Machine. Gutierrez fires haymakers on Liona, but they do nothing! Liona SPINEBUSTERS Gutierrez! Cage smirks, Marston tags in, and Marston ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a BIG back drop! Cage drags Marston up, reels him in, puts one out, an d gives Marston a POWERBOMB! Cage then tags to Kaun, Liona steps in with him. Tupu runs in, dodges The Gates, but Cage SUPERKICKS him! Then the Gates get Tupu up to CLOSE THE GATES!

Cage drags Marston over, and the trio TRIPLE SLAMS him! Kaun covers, The Cage of Agony wins!

Winners: The Cage of Agony, by pinfall

This dangerous trio is only more dangerous now that they’re the ones in charge! Will they be right on the heels of the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions?

 

Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino!

It’s another Forbidden Door appetizer as Azucar “welcomes” The Roughneck back to AEW! #SHOOTER has learned a lot from Jon Moxley over the past four years, will he show all those lessons have paid off? Or will Rocky make it clear Shota’s still got a lot to learn?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship here. The fans cheer, the two tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Rocky rolls, slips around, facelocks and cravats. Shota swim moves to wrench and wrangle Rocky to the mat. Rocky stands, Shota wrenches and wristlocks, but Rocky pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Rocky wrenches through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Shota endures, powers out and throws Rocky down. Shota has the toehold, then digs a knee into the knee. Rocky turns over, stands up, clinches, and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Rocky slowly lets off, and then CHOPS!

Shota just stares Rocky down! The fans fire up, and Shota winds up to CHOPS! Rocky staggers and sputters, Shota fires forearms! Shota spins, Rocky ducks the elbow, but runs into a scoop and DROP! Then a basement dropkick! The fans cheer and Shota does a dance similar to Mercedes Mone’s! Shota stomps Rocky around, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Shota CLUBS Rocky again, but Rocky grits his teeth. Shota ROCKS Rocky against ropes, then has him in a corner. Shota stomps and UPPERCUTS, then he stalks Rocky. Shota stomps Rocky, UPPERCUTS again, then whips to ropes. Rocky holds ropes to BOOT back!

Shota runs up but Rocky DUMPS Shota out! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Shota’s head hits the desk and the ref checks him out while Rampage goes picture in picture.

It seems Shota is okay so the ref goes back to the ring. Rocky stands, fires up, and gives us some Latino Heat. Rocky puts Shota in the ring, drops a knee into the back, then stomps Shota before dropping a knee on the chest! Cover, TWO! Shota toughs it out but Rocky drags him up. Rocky KICKS the bad arm, wrenches it, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Shota goes to ropes, Rocky puts him through ropes, to KICK again! Rocky goes up a corner, gives some more Latino Heat, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota flounders, Rocky covers, TWO! Rocky argues the count but the count was fair, so Rocky clamps onto Shota with a cobra clutch!

Rocky thrashes Shota around but Shota endures. Shota fights up, throws elbows, but Rocky CLUBS him on the back. Rocky TOSSES Shota out, then aims from the apron! CROSSBODY, but Shota catches him! Shota pops Rocky up but Rocky slips free, so Shota SHOTGUNS him down! Both men are on the floor on the outside and the fans rally up. Shota rises up, fetches Rocky, and puts him in the ring. But Rocky DROPKICKS Shota back! Shota is down in the corner and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Rocky clotheslines Shota in a corner! Rocky keeps going, and clotheslines again! Then he keeps going, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota pounds the mat. The fans rally behind Shota and he aims at Rocky at the ropes. Slingshot, APRON DDT! The fans fire up again as Rocky flops to the floor! Shota puts Rocky in, then goes up a corner. Shota aims as Rocky flounders, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shota hurries to clinch, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rocky survives but Shota stays focused. Shota waits on Rocky to rise up, then runs in, IGNIT- NO, Rocky makes it a backslide!

Shota rolls through the cover, blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! Shota staggers to a corner, Rocky runs in. Shota dodges, runs in, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! Rocky goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Rocky pounds the mat, the fans rally behind him now, and he aims from a corner. Shota rises, Rocky runs in, SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Rocky roars! The fans are torn as Rocky drags Shota up. Rocky fires forearms, but Shota just eggs him on! The fans like that, so Rocky fires more forearms! Shota roars, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! And cravat, for the SLICED- NO, Shota poops free!

Shota POP-KNEES, then IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives but Shota takes aim from the corner now! A shoutout to Ospreay here with his BLAZE BLADE!! And then PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota wins!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Roughneck does indeed prove that what he learned from his senpai, his upperclassmen, have indeed made him into a great wrestler! But will he become one of the greatest wrestlers as he continues to battle all around the world?

 

Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo!

The One in a Billion is a big, big man, but he still has a lot to prove if he wants to be the best of the best. Will he finally start building on a win streak? Or will Rosario overcome this mountain of a man?

The bell rings, and Satnam offers a handshake? Rosario takes it, but Satnam won’t let go! Rosario kicks and kicks and CHPOS and CHOPS, but Satnam’s grip is too strong! And speaking of, he grabs Rosario by the neck, to PO-UP BEARHUG!! Satnam ragdolls Rosario! Rosario is OUT, Satnam wins!

Winner: Satnam Singh, by pinfall

Satnam TOSSES Rosario aside, having made quick work of the mere mortal. Sonjay Dutt gets in the ring with a mic to say, “Hey hey hey hey hey! Bubba (Jay Lethal), tell ’em, what’re you gonna do?” Lethal takes the mic to say ladies and gentlemen, Satnam Singh is on a freakin’ roll! Satnam just squashed Grillo in record time, and Lethal is so impressed that not only will he beat his opponent tonight, but he and Sonjay have a little side bet that Lethal can do it even faster than what Satnam just did. Satnam chuckles and Lethal says he’s done waiting! Bring that poor shmuck out here! Did Lethal not read the match card? Lethal’s up against THE BASTARD!!

Fans fire up as Pac makes his entrance out here. Pac already said he was in a bad mood on Dynamite, and surely Lethal taking him lightly isn’t helping things. Will Pac make sure Sonjay wins that side bet with Lethal?

PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

The bell rings, Pac dodges Lethal to flying-mare! Pac has the headlock, Lethal puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Pac lets go but Lethal stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Lethal stops and walks it off. Sonjay knows he’s already won the side bet but he still wants Lethal to win the match. Lethal tosses Pac out, but Pac lands on the apron. Pac RAMS into Lethal, slingshots up and over, then comes back, only for Lethal to hip toss! Lethal cartwheels but Pac kips up! Pac SUPERKICKS Lethal, Lethal bails out, so Pac runs to FLY! Direct hit and Pac stares through the camera into the souls of the AEW roster!

Pac drags Lethal up, but he’s wary of Satnam. Pac puts Lethal in, goes up, and fans chant “HE’S OUR BASTARD!” Lethal rises, but Sonjay distracts the ref! Pac hops down, BOOTS Lethal, but Satnam trips Pac! And YANKS him out! The ref saw that one! The fans cheer as the ref EJECTS Satnam! Team Triple J is freaking out, but Lethal rains down fists on Pac. The ref counts, Lethal lets off but the fans sing ‘Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” to Satnam. Lethal whips Pac hard into railing, then RAMS him into the POST! Lethal then runs to DROPKICK Pac down! Sonjay mockingly asks if Pac’s hurt, but the ref tells him to back off!

Lethal tells Sonjay to cool it so he doesn’t get kicked out. Lethal drags Pac up and into the ring while Sonjay mouths off to fans. Lethal drags Pac up, but Pac fires body shots. Lethal TOSSES Pac out, builds speed, and Lethal fakes the dive to Fargo Strut instead. The fans “WOO~” with Lethal and he smiles. Sonjay says Lethal’s the man! Lethal then goes out to fetch Pac, but Pac whips! Lethal reverses, Pac hits steel steps! Sonjay mocks Pac again with a fake apology, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal leaves Pac behind, and he counts along with the ring count. Pac is still down at 5 of 10, but he drags himself up with the apron. Pac flounders in at 8, but Lethal stomps him down! Lethal drags Pac up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole. Lethal RAMS Pac into the corner, snapmares him into a chinlock, and he grinds Pac down. Pac endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. The fans rally as Pac breaks free! Pac ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Pac whips Lethal, Lethal reverses then TOSSES Pac out! Lethal wants the ring count again, but that’s just all distraction so Sonjay can stomp away!

The fans boo and try to point Sonjay out, but he scurries away. Lethal gets the ref to finally count, and then joins in. Pac is still down at 5, drags himself over, and Lethal grows anxious. Pac rises up and drags himself in at 9! Lethal runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac survives by a literal foot but Lethal drops elbow after elbow on that leg! Lethal just keeps going with elbow after elbow, then soaks up some heat before dropping a knee on the knee! Cover, TWO! Pac toughs it out but Lethal covers again, TWO! Lethal argues the count, the ref says it is a fair count, so Lethal drags Pac around by the leg.

Lethal stomps away on Pac’s leg, and Rampage returns to single picture as Lethal steps through. Pac kicks but Lethal blocks that, and now Lethal steps through on that leg. Pac kicks again, Lethal blocks again, but then Pac kicks Lethal away! Lethal comes back, trips Pac, and steps through, but into a cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, gets around, back suplex! Pac lands out, so Lethal handsprings, but Pac SHOTGUNS Lethal while he’s upside-down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sonjay coaches Lethal but the fans rally for Pac. A standing count starts, Pac drags himself up with ropes to stand at 5.

Pac storms up, blocks a shot to ROCK Lethal! Pac ROCKS Lethal again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, to SHOTGUN BOOT! Lethal is dazed and Sonjay is worried as Pac goes up a corner. Pac watches like a hawk, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lethal stays in this and Sonjay coaches him again. The fans rally for Pac as he watches Lethal rise again. Pac waistlocks but Lethal fights the lift. Lethal trips Pac, powers through, but Pac kicks and kicks and kicks! Lethal lets go, but he KICKS Pac’s leg out! Lethal drags Pac up, for a SHIN BREAKER! Then DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal steps through, for the FIGURE FOUR!!

Pac endures, Sonjay tells him to quit, but the shoulders are down! ONE as Pac tilts to the side! Pac reaches out for ropes but Lethal thrashes and pulls on that leg! Pac fights over to the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go, the ref checks with Pac, but Pac says he’s still in this. Lethal rains down fists, then goes to a corner. The fans boo as Lethal climbs, and Lethal calls his shot. But Pac goes up to get a leg! Lethal CLUBS away on Pac, then drags him up top. Lethal reels Pac in, but Pac fights the lift! Pac back drops Lethal away! The fans fire up and Pac adjusts. Sonjay stresses out as Pac aims, but Sonjay gets on the apron!

Pac hops down, runs up and BOOTS Sonjay down! The fans cheer, but Lethal is lurking! Lethal runs in, Pac dodges, but Lethal switches to SNAP GERMAN! Lethal handsprings, but Pac sidesteps to run! But Lethal still hits a CUTTER! But that wasn’t lethal enough, so Lethal handsprings again! LETHAL- NO, Pac dodges to LARIAT!! And then, BRUTALIZER!! Lethal is caught, he QUITS, Pac wins!!

Winner: Pac, by submission

Pac makes Lethal suffer a few seconds longer before letting go. That’s what Lethal gets for calling The Bastard a shmuck! Pac is going to be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament, will he win it all to go All In for the AEW World Championship?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, even with an extra squash match for the fun of it. Cage of Agony are definitely rolling, not sure they’ll be going for the trios titles while a Heel faction like Bang Bang Gang has them, but Cage, Kaun & Liona would definitely be a tough challenge for them. And I really liked that they segued from Satnam’s squash win to Lethal’s great main event with Pac. Great win for Pac to build momentum towards the Owen Hart Cup, I do like the possibility of Pac being in the main event of All In. Whether Pac is facing Ospreay or Swerve for the world title, he’ll give us great promos in the build and an awesome match in Wembley.

Great match from Rocky and Shota, and a great win for Shota. There might be something in the works for Forbidden Door, but I don’t see Shota getting in on title stories in AEW. Really good promo from Deonna and Rosa, and their No DQ match is going to be awesome stuff. That match can really go either way, but something tells me that Deonna wins. As it stands, we’ve got two Face champions in the Women’s Division, and that won’t change after Forbidden Door, so Deonna is a very strong Heel to go after Storm or Mone. And speaking of, great opener out of Storm VS Windsor, which I clearly thought was gonna be the main event but oh well. Still a good showing for Windsor and a good win for Storm, and Storm has momentum going to Forbidden Door, though she surely isn’t losing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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